I haven't seen a thread on this (feel free to post the link if there is).
Hubpages will soon be giving ad share for questions.
From the Hubpages weekly newsletter: While some of these Questions are winning prize money, all of them will soon be able to bring additional ad revenue to the people who asked them. This is because we are making Questions on HubPages more like Hubs. They'll now be organized under your subdomain, and you will be able to view their statistics and moderate their Answers in a new section of My Account.
I noticed that. One thing though. I have switched to this option but have not found a way to delete answers that were hidden due to excessive negative feedback. One of the reasons I wanted to switch was the ability to do this. Perhaps it is just too soon after I switched?
That is really a great idea. I think it would encourage people to take asking questions a hell of a lot more seriously.
Oh I recall nightmare days (most weeks) of folks asking twenty silly questions in a day...all of them previously asked a thousand times before, and none of them having any sort of answer....just opinions.
Ask crappy questions and you'll wind up hurting your subdomain and your own earnings. For people who are smart, that's completely self-moderating. For those who are not, they'll pull themselves down the same way that people who make poor quality Hubs do.
The questions will most likely wind up just as more or less moderated as they are now.
One problem with this logic is that questions like 'What is Justin Bieber's phone number' get thousands of views daily - so potentially, as traffic factors into 'quality' according to Panda, you could actually benefit by asking inane questions!!!
I am on a 'top' Q&A site - I've asked over 1000 questions - the majority are good quality questions (subjective). 4 of my top 6 questions I've asked that have received the most views are: Do you believe in the death penalty? Who is the sexiest man alive? What star do you look like? Do you like Justin Bieber?
Each of these has received over 500 views each - I've got some quality hubs that haven't even reached 50 views. (subjective I know!)
Assuming that HP has the same reach as the dedicated Q&A site, then these type of questions can be profitable even though they have been asked hundreds of times - especially if you're in the HP Ads program.
The question is whether questions I ask benefit from my sub-domain and therefore get ranked highly or whether they will drag my subdomain down?!
A little moderation may be the key in the area of questions. I often notice words that are spelled incorrectly and questions that make no sense what so ever. The moderation may help to change the quality in this area.
I saw this too and think it is wonderful. There were a couple responses to questions I asked that were nasty and they were eventually voted down and thus hidden from view. But it would have been great to have been able to remove them right away and not have to see them at all.
I had to laugh when I saw the whole wording of this update. It said not to worry about proper grammar or adding the "?" since it is already in this section. Here I have been fussing over just that all the time to fit my question within the number of characters we are allowed to the point where I was embarrassed to realize that a question I posed yesterday had a key wording missing that made the syntax incorrect. Yet I did indeed add the "?" at the end. Bizarre.
Same with me. On the other hand, I've answered lots of them and took answering seriously; but it looks to me like answering them doesn't do anything for the person who answers. The answers to people's questions will be moderated under the subdomain (Well, whatever some "serious-effort" answers do/don't for the person, under "Hubtivity", looks like it will be the same - at least, I'm assuming.)
Of course, I suppose the person who asks the question (and ends up with the additional task of moderating the answers) is doing something toward earning his keep (or revenue share). Maybe.. It's really a big plot to get HP members to clean up that Answers and Questions mess by a) having incentive for asking better questions and b) having the person who asked them clean up bad answers.
I would take the "what is in it for the answerer" as the same for the hubber who makes a comment on a hub. If extra incentive is given, there may be overwhelming answers being posting just for that reason and not for good answers.
We may have a situation where we have far more questions than answers unless incentives are provided to the hubbers providing the answers.
They have said that hubbers answering questions should do so in the form of short hub answers so that they can benefit from ads. Unfortunately, writing a good hub is a difficult thing unless one was allowed to write a short hub answer that will not be judged, on basis of length, as substandard and of low hub score.
I think they are trying to harness some of the kind of energy that goes into the forums (without any cash incentive). Some people really do like being helpful and involved. Even I do, when I'm in the mood.
They got a million views from q&a pages last year, not a lot for a site with around 600,000 views a day but worth expanding.
This is another opportunity to earn income and I'm all for it. I like the additional benefit of learning a little more about hubpages (if the questions are so directed.) Now, what would qualify as a good question? Hmmm. Let me see. :-)
This does look interesting. I've rarely used the questions section but I've noticed this last year or so that many of the keywords I've targeted have had Yahoo answers in the top ten results so this could work.
I was wondering why anyone would bother answering if they get nothing from it but perhaps if they are allowed say 1 link per 100 words both parties may benefit.
That question is on the last entry of first page. I am not sure where it stands for you. Google Search is now Personal(ized). The result you see on top for Google.co.in may not apply to Google.com and also it'll vary as per user activity on G+ and few other variables with which Google ranks website for users. In any case - I see traffic.
I guess mines .in as well not sure. I keep typing in google.com it redirects to .in
Just an example that with time HP questions have the potential to rank well. Not many people are gonna be searching for that question in the way its typed. But, I just used it as an indication to show anyone wondering if HP questions do rank anywhere well - I had the doubt and hence checked all my questions stopped when I found this.
I also don't use Questions often, but when I do I appreciate the answers that actually give a decent answer. I have noticed also that yahoo answers are often outdated but still appear in the top results.
It would make sense to ask questions relevant to our subdomain content.
I was wondering if "attaching" them to individual subdomains might do something to discourage what can go on now, which is that someone comes looking for (or writes) a question, looks for the better answers, and then goes and posts best answer under him own name on a site that rewards people who have the best answers.
Oh, boy. That article is the most depressing thing I've read for a long time. Especially this quote:
"For a more complex question such as, "What are the 10 largest lakes in California?" Google might provide the answer instead of just links to other sites."
Visitors are usually coming to our Hubs or websites to find the answer to a question. If Google is going to start providing the information direct, instead of just linking to other sites, that has implications for all online content.
Yes, that's the most depressing thing about the article. That eliminates most of the 5 W' s and H of articles. It's just a matter of time before Google figures out a way to eliminate "Why" and "How" for separate links.
Every time you do a Google search, you get your 10 "organic" search results on the page, but at the top of the page and down the right hand side, you usually also get sponsored links/ads for the same type of thing as your search. The difference is that the organic search pages are there by virtue of site owner's use of SEO (real or accidental), while the sponsored links are paid for through Google Adwords.
My reaction to the WSJ article was the same as Marisa's. It means that organic search results aren't just going to be competing with paid-for ads, they're also going to be competing with Google's attitude of "this is what we think you want, so here you are, right at the top of the page. No need to bother with all those organic search results, eh?"
In the short term, the result of this is that organic search results will matter less, except in niche/obscure subjects. What the long term results will be, I don't know.
Searchers are aware of the difference between paid ads and organic results. According to Hubpages a couple of year ago about 4 per cent of visitors would click an ad. I would be surprised if paid ads on a search page do much better.
There's a difference between the ads that appear on HubPages (which are obviously ads, even to the most naive Internet users) and the Adwords ads that appear on the Google SERPs. The latter look very, very similar to the organic search results - a blue link and some text.
And we're both experienced Internet users but I know an awful lot of people who can just about use a search engine and would simply click on the first link that looked vaguely relevant, without being remotely aware of (or bothered by) the fact that some Google search "results" are paid-for.
With such rapid advances in technology, it's not just Google that is affecting changes in how people get search results. It's mad competition to stay on top. Mobile search will soon take over regular online search. The latest iphones equipped with the Siri technology make search easy and rather personable for those who need quick info on the go or at work. And it works well.
We were playing around with it the other day at work and asked it where our business was located. It answered with a rather comical response. I don't recall the exact phrasing, but it was to the effect of, 'I think you're quite capable.'
After reading that article, I also see it as another way Google will weed out content farm, spammy type articles. I wonder how it will affect sites like Ehow.
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