A few weeks ago, we encouraged, via a Learning Center entry, with mentions in the newsletter, blog, a podcast and the forum, that refreshing older Hubs that had gotten search traffic before, but had seen that diminish, with meaningful additions of useful content, might help get a boost of Google love.
A suggestion was made by Marisa Wright for a column to let you know when a change was made to a Hub. We thought it was a good one, and it has now been rolled out. On your My Account stats page, you'll see the final column will tell you when a Hub was last edited. Keep in mind that any edit at all will refresh the date on this, even if you made small changes that are not necessarily meaningful enough to prompt a refresh in the eyes of search engines.
So, thanks for the suggestion, and we hope you find this feature useful in updating your Hubs!
Google has said one of the criteria they use is "freshness". What we don't know is the exact definition of that term. How fresh do they expect, i.e what's the "refresh threshold"? Yesterday? Last week? Last month? So unfortunately we can't make use of this information because we don't know it.
For me, the main use will be when I need to modify Hubs to meet rule changes by HubPages or the search engines. The other reason use will be when I start a new project. For instance, I might start a new website about ballet, or find a new ballet product I want to promote - so I would want to add new links on each of my ballet Hubs. The date will enable me to be sure I don't miss any of the Hubs that need attention.
Thanks Jason. This is absolutely wonderful! I'm going to make good use out of this extra column. I also like the way I can sort by modification date. Very helpful indeed! Thanks again and thanks also to Marisa for suggesting it.
I can't take the credit for this - it was suggested by a couple of other Hubbers (Relache? IzzyM?) in the middle of a discussion, and I just thought it was a good enough idea to be worth starting a special thread about.
Jason, While on the subject of adding columns, I'd like to suggest including columns in the "All Earnings Report" for each of the programs... the Ad Program, eBay, Amazon (when active), and Total. Right now it just has one column showing "Earnings."
This will eliminate the need to click each individually. If one wants to see more info, such as Ad Impressions, Ad CPM, eBay Clicks or eBay EPC, then they can still click the individual reports.
I think that showing columns with individual earnings in the main report would be helpful.
Jason, I just noticed it was done today. That was fast! It's nice having all the earnings in one place now. No more clicking around. Thank you to you and to the rest of the staff who did the programming.
That's a real cool feature. Wish we had the hub word count also so that one does not have to check out each an every hub to see which hub to add content to. Also if we could insert picture in between hubs using the text capsule would have been awesome too.
This is great. I love that Hubpages does listen to suggestions from hubbers and is continuously improving the site to make our lives easier. Thanks to Marisa for making the suggestion and to HP for implementing it.
What a great change! I have a question regarding refreshing our content; would creating rss link capsules based on a "hot" topic rather than a "best" topic hold more weight in terms of creating worthy fresh content? I ask because it seems the "hot" topics would be in a constantly changing state more so than "best" topics. Kudos to Marisa Wright and the HP Team!
We discourage using RSS feeds of your own Hubs within your own Hubs as a way to introduce new content. Instead, we suggest finding opportunities to offer expanded useful information within the scope of your Hub in the form of new text, a table of relevant data, etc.
Meanwhile, is it just me, or is there something screwy going on with the title sort? If I want to look up a particular hub, at nearly 200 hubs, it is easier to find on an alphabetical search, so, clicking the 'title' sort seems to do that, (but not in the library sense, of shifting articles [a, an, the] to the end).
However--when I try to sort it back the way it was..it never seems to come out so. What am I doing wrong?
OHHHH!! Ok, thanks, paradigmsearch--I was thinking it might be one of those "on/off" switch things, like a pause button, where you re-click the same thing to undo..but that seemed to just mix things up crazily.
Just try keeping the number of keywords and the sequence you put them in the same By sequence I mean the order of the synonyms of the keywords if any. It's not the order of the keywords in your hub but the words in the keyword I'm talking about
Do just 2 of your hubs and check if they get an increase in traffic then proceed with the rest
I just noticed that this date is smart - if you edit a hub and don't really change anything in the hub itself- for example, if you just change the group or add tags - it doesn't change the "changed" date. That's good.
There is one more date I'd like to see. That's the date of the last comment made. I added this to my own website stats listings a long, long time ago and find it very helpful.
The accounts page isn't full The title column can be shortened and wrap a bit earlier..
The information helps me know that even though *I* may not have updated the page, it has been updated by comments. That likely counts as freshness for Google too. I say "likely" because Google could distinguish comments from text easily in many cases. If they do, they may assign a lesser value to those comments and of course the length and keyword content would also matter, but the date does tell me that there has been recent activity at ;east.
Awesome improvement!! Thanks HP team!!! I used to have to write it down to keep track of the Hubs I had updated, and when. This makes it so much easier!! Now I can see which hubs have not been updated in a while, and maybe take a look at them, and freshen them up!! So happy!!