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Quick fix for your idled hub status (The sleeping Zzz's)

Updated on November 18, 2015

One of the most recent changes that the hub pages has made is the addition of the new "Idle Status". Unlike the highly disliked new profile page, there is something that you can quickly do to correct an idled hub to get it back into the lime light on the Hub Pages.

The hub pages has decided to play the role of big brother, and they are policing up old hubs which are stale and not receiving much traffic. All in all it's really not all that bad of an idea, and it encourages active hubbers to edit some of their less seen hubs.

I decided to write this hub after reading some of the negative feedback in the forums, where the idled hub has became a very hot topic. On the official hub page announcements forum, the thread "Introducing idled hubs" has close to one thousand comments and replies already.

Judging from all of those comments there are an awful lot of excited and very alarmed hubbers out there on the hub pages because of this new change. There are some hubbers who feel that the idled hub status should be optional. Other hubbers are accusing the hub pages of turning into Squidoo, and opening a can of worms. Still other hubbers are acting as though the hub pages, and the world are all coming to an end. Calm down and get a grip on reality people, because it's really not all that big of a deal.

Hubs are now classified into one of three different categories. Go to your account page and scroll on down to the bottom where you'll locate your list of hubs. On the far right hand side of your hub list, you'll find the new idle status. The symbol with the little green dot means that your hub is featured, and that you don't need to do anything. (On November 7th the featured symbol was changed to a "H" inside of a black circle) The symbol with the two curved circular arrows indicates that your hub is pending, and that it soon may be featured. Your brand new published hubs will automatically receive a pending classification prior to being treated as featured. The symbol with the three little Z's means that your hub is idle, and that you may want to do something about that. (On November 7th the idled hub symbol was changed to just a blank white space, but it's still a sleeping Z)

When you find that one of your hubs has been classified as "idle", you can easily correct this problem, and change it's status back to featured. This can be easily done by simply adding photos, fresh content, or media to your idled hub. (You don't ever have to unpublish your hub)

There is a super fast quick fix which I discovered to correct this. I'd now like to share this method with you, so that you can quickly get your hubs featured once again on the world wide web.

Quick Fix:

1) Hit the "edit" button on the hub in which you want to change from "idle" to "featured".

2) Select any sentence in your hub, and add just one word.

Example - (Original sentence) Jason found the box was too heavy to move.

(Edited sentence) Jason found the big box was too heavy to move.

3) Save your changes, and hit the save button on the paragraph that you just added your word or words to.

4) Republish your hub, and hit the "Done Editing" button which is located at the very top of your hub.

5) You are now done, and the "idle status" symbol will be replaced instantly with a "pending" symbol. In about 24 hours your hub will be featured once again for all of the Internet to see.

Special Note - If you do not write your own summary then the first couple sentences of your hub are included in the summary that describes your hub. Keeping this in mind if this applies to you then you may want to consider adding a word in a paragraph further on down in your hub, so as to not change the meaning of the original hub summary.

On November 7th 2012 the hub pages also decided to roll out another new program. They have released the ability for you to choose if you would like to "Show only Featured Hubs on my profile". So you have a choice of "Yes" or "No". Choosing "No" which is automatically defaulted allows for your idled hubs to show up on your profile for others to view. Choosing "Yes" does exactly what the sentence says, and it will only show featured Hubs on your profile, not idled hubs. Every hubber has the right for all of their time and hard work to be seen by others, and the choice is all yours, so choose wisely.

Now that hub of yours is back on top again!
Now that hub of yours is back on top again!

How did this method work out for you?

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      Butch 2 years ago

      Last one to utziile this is a rotten egg!

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      Courtlney Davis 2 years ago

      Voted up and useful. Sometimes it takes more than changing one word to make sure the hub gets out of and stays out of the idled stage or the stage where there is no engagement or traffic. However, I liked that this hub provided a very easy way to get your hub featured by simply adding a word. Thanks for posting such a useful hub!

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @junko, there is money to be made at BubbleWs. The admins are capricious : they will delete your account or ignore your requests for payment if you violate rules that are scattered all over the site. The site randomly goes unavailable every other day. Editing tools are almost nonexistent and there are no affiliate programs at all.

      Otherwise, you can publish little tiny articles and make a few cents at a time. It's like Facebook in that regard: people write "good night" articles or "my, it's cold today."

      If you're OCD about good grammar and well-constructed postings the place will drive you nuts. It's actually quite relaxing compared to the structure imposed by HubPages.

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      junko 4 years ago

      Possom Lover, unless hubpages can make a visible positive move that will show Hubbers that Hubpages understand that without writers there would be no hubpages we all must go. The deal was we write and hubpages displays our writing to the world, if hubpages held up their part of the deal, we would all get paid. My hubpage time is running out.

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      junko 4 years ago

      Nicomp, I slowed my roll when the changes unfeatured almost all my featured hubs. I was thinking of increasing my production but I lost my motivation to write on hubpages since they moved the goal. If you find better option nicomp, pull my coat. I have more to write but I don't want my writing to be misused and shelved by hubpages. Thanks for the shout out.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Possum Lover , why should I have a change of heart? I was loyal for 4 years. I have over 1.5 million page views. By my estimate I've earned HubPages over $50K. If they are going to block my scribblings from the search engines, I'm not going to contribute any more.

      I've written extensively about the nonsense of 'good' and 'bad' writing on the Internet. This NOINDEX foolishness does not benefit us writers. It may increase the uppity quotient of HubPages in general, but it's a guessing game for me.

      I'm not bitter, but I am annoyed. This is their sandbox and they can make their own rules. I'd like to say that I hope HubPages continues to be successful, but the truth is that I don't care either way.

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      possum lover 4 years ago from the backwoods just to the North of South Carolina

      I'm sorry to hear either stopped writing here on the hub pages or you are considering leaving. According to this hub - https://hubpages.com/community/Google-vs-the-Hub-P... over 141,641 of our fellow hubbers have decided to leave the hub pages since just September 2012. Hubbers are getting to be an endangered species with only 75,136 of us left roaming the earth now. I hope both you junko and nicomp have a change of heart.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Junko , we are being killed by the NOINDEX tag that HubPages implemented. Most of my hubs are no longer indexed. That's pretty much why I don't write here any more.

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      junko 4 years ago

      So now I understand what's really happening here and why I also should consider leaving hubpages.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful tips. Thanks.

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Thank you for the tips. I am sharing voting and now following.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Well, now I know what to do should one of my hubs become idled. Thanks for the tips Goody5!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is a good "quick-fix" and I appreciate these tips. However, while I'm in the editing mode, I plan to take extra time to update and revise (especially my early hubs.) Voted up and will share.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Goody5,

      thanks for the tips and techniques on changing the status

      of an idled hub i think making a few tweaks the article and changing

      the title of it are just a few ideas to begin with.

      thanks again for the information.

      Voted up and shared

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Interesting tips that I will try.I wonder what the real number of hub traffic is?How many hubbers quit each month compared to how many long term hubbers are here to stay?

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Very useful hub, i did read thet ever so often its good to just do a tiny tweek on your hubs for the sake of google, they like new material which you can get around that requirement by doing what you describe in your hub.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank You for the helpful tips

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      Very sneaky, Goody5. I like it!

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      Yoleen Lucas 4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      It worked! All but two of my hubs are now active, and one of the two inactive ones is one I was planning on rewriting anyway. THANKS A LOT!!!

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      JUDITH OKECH 4 years ago from NAIROBI - KENYA

      Thanks for your teaching. I was actually stressed up because it has never happened to me. I have edited the hub and it's now on a pending status. Thanks once again, i hope it will be featured.

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      Yoleen Lucas 4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Just did it to all my inactive hubs - thanks for the idea!

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      Green Art 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for all of your helpful tips. I've been going through all my hubs and tweaking my writing and adding fresh photographs as needed. Making these changes has helped my status and frankly has encouraged me to be a better writer. Vote up and useful!

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      Tiana Dreymor 4 years ago from Columbus, OH

      Gee, tirelesstraveler, come and look at mine... hee hee.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Please leave Christmas hubs published. I went into one yesterday. It was a wonderful hub. I went there because a broken link error message showed up on my stats. The reason? Someone had unpublished a hub I linked to.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      very useful and easy to edit. thanks ! voted useful

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      Tiana Dreymor 4 years ago from Columbus, OH

      Okay. Thanks!!!

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      Goody5 4 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

      Yes Vista15, You can always unpublish your hubs anytime you want. The unpublished hubs will remain on your master list of hubs, and you can publish them later at another time of your choice. However if I was you I would just leave the Christmas hubs published, because they aren't hurting anything, and who knows someone might want to read them. Keep on hubbing :)

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      Tiana Dreymor 4 years ago from Columbus, OH

      If you unpublish a hub, does it stay there? And you can publish it again later?

      I ask because I have 2 Christmas stories and wondered if I should unpublish them... But I don't want to delete them.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Goody...Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for! I appreciate the education. You're a Pal.......showed up in the nick of time, just like Superman....UP+++

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Today the HubPages tagline is "37" million people. In 10 months the entire population of the United States discovered HubPages!

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks! This is an excellent summary of idle status and how to work with it. I was aware of the issue, but busy with other things. Now that I'm starting to address this, your clear guide makes it easy to get going!

      I actually appreciate the new Idle status - I believe it will keep my best hubs showing up on Google with higher page rank.

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      LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

      They can't be checked manually, or if so, it is done at random.

      Try this: Click the edit button. Don't change anything at all. Click done editing and wait for hub to be featured again, after the pending BS.

      Can't be done! I have done it.

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      Goody5 4 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

      I really like your way of thinking Casimiro! I never thought of Idled hubs being in a hub jail, but that's exactly what's happening when they become un-featured, and they are removed from the general hub population. Good going Casimiro!!

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      Yes, it would be quite easy just to do a "diff" on the two versions and see what changed. If the changes were not substantive, it might not get out of hub jail.

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I had that too. I revised again and it got through. I THINK the revised hubs are processed manually and it depends on who does the processing.

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      lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the tip! But it seems like it doesn't work 100%. Some of my hubs still remain as idle despite revisions.

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      I fixed some of my idle hubs, some are changes to featured but some are still idle even it says needs more revision. Recently I just published an exclusive hub but it got idle status from the first it ever published. Even though thanks for your explanation, and I'll try to figure it out more. :)

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      The idled hub thing is a good idea. Most of the idled hubs I removed and pasted elsewhere seem to be getting more traffic elsewhere. I remove ideled hubs when they reach zero views in 30 days. Someone said the no-index tag prevents search engines looking at them again even just to check whether the tag has been removed, so idling looks like a one-way street.

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      I don't view the idle status as a punishment, but rather a suggestion (automatic I'm sure) that you might want to re-visit the hub and think about how to improve it. HP is trying to make the entire site more relevant to a greater audience (non-hubbers) so as to improve their SE status. Just changing one word so that you can get it out of idle state might make you feel warm and fuzzy, but it's not really helpful to the community and HP overall.

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      Goody5 4 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

      Thanks for pointing that out nicomp, and no I did notice that, but I did notice that the number of hub page staffers went down from 21 to 18. Go figure?

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I noticed that HubPages changed their tagline from "50 million people" to "35 million people".

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      BrightMeadow 4 years ago from a room of one's own

      Thanks for this. I will definitely give it a try.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "its not so easy to put in place a system which check's if the author has really improved their hub,"

      It's impossible.

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      Adrian Lawrence 4 years ago from UK

      its not so easy to put in place a system which check's if the author has really improved their hub, so I guess that hubpages is just going to idle the hub again until changes are made of such a nature that the hub starts to get real traffic again.

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      This was a serious sweet and useful Hub. Cannot wait to see if it does the trick in terms of traffic. Thanks!!

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      adrianlawrence : yes, most hubbers will change more than one word, BUT there's no way to know why a particular hub has lost its traffic in the first place. Therefore changing any number of words is an academic exercise and nothing more.

      Now, if HubPages is committing to begin featuring the hub after a few words have been changed, then that's a horse of a different color. I don't think this is the case.

      We do want exposure. Exposure cannot possibly be as easy as changing a few words now and then. If 50 million new people discover HubPages every month, then your hub is new to them whether you changed a few words of not.

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      Adrian Lawrence 4 years ago from UK

      nicomp most authors will change more than one word, if a hub has lost its traffic then the realistic options are delete or enhance. Hubpages wants traffic, we want exposure for our work and sites, that's the deal.

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      sangeeta verma 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

      Thanks for the tips, let me see if it works for me or not.

      Voted up!

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Think about it: if changing one word is all it takes to un-sleep a hub, where's the value? What is HubPages telling us?

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      Adventure Colorad 4 years ago from Denver,CO

      I like having the sleeping notice. It gives me a reason to go back through some of my older hubs and check to make sure that spelling and grammar are correct. I've also thought of new content to add to some of them.

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      Jakob Barry 4 years ago

      Nicely explained and one word is all it takes. Thanks!

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      Jack 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for this information and a good tip there :)

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      El Ray 5 years ago

      This is VERY useful information, so I voted it UP + Useful!

      I ran into this problem a few weeks ago. I decided to update the affected hubs by adding or refreshing my content, tweaking the title, rearranging the layout and where necessary, deleting modules. But for some, I made the decision to delete them from Hubpages and I'm ok with it. Some articles aren't going to generate a lot of interest for one reason or another.

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I agree Millionaire Tips, the IDEA behind the idled hubs is good, but I think the implementation could be a lot better. Simply flagging them as hubs needing work could help. I think deleting, reworking and republishing may help a lot.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I have a lot of idled hubs and am waiting for some time for me to fix them. It is true that you can easily make it featured by changing a word or two, at least temporarily until it gets idled again. But I am trying to figure out what is wrong with it - why it is idle. Maybe it doesn't have a proper searchable title. Maybe there are glaring errors in it that are turning people off. Maybe it just doesn't have enough information to please the people that are reading. Maybe it is a topic that nobody wants to know about. It is actually good to do this critical thinking, because it will help me decide how to write future hubs that hopefully won't be idle.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information. :-)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the information. I had discovered what you say is true, changing just one word (although I usually change more than that) will take away the idle hub status. As for poems or stories, if any hubber has written an intro, you can change/add a word in that to keep the poem or story intact. Sharing your hub.

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      crystaleyes 5 years ago from Earth

      Very useful information indeed. Was of great help, as I returned after some time to see new symbols on HP... Thanks a lot!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information shared by you for everyone. Though I have not faced the problem of idled hubs so far, but sooner or later it might happen. Your information will be of great help then.

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      newusedcarssacram 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Really excellent idea. It will surely help all of us.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      deergha 5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Many thanks for sharing this one. I was really in need of the particular solution. Its indeed very simple and informative as well explained in a very easy way.

      Votes up and sharing as well.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent hub here on this latest change here on HP. Very insightful and, to say the least ----helpful indeed!

      Thank you so much for this great hub to help us all out in a rather quick manner. I did not realize just a few quick changes would do the trick, although I have done so on one or two, and it worked.

      Voted Way Up and sharing

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I have a bunch of hubs that don't include the sentence "Jason found the box was too heavy to move." in them. How do I get these hubs un-idled?

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      So, Page1 SEO tactics if a Hub gets Idled the best thing is to pull it and either put it somewhere else or republish on HP with some rewriting and a different title and url.

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Hi Goody5, just stopped by again to say that your instructions have worked a treat for me anyway. I don't worry now if it does go back to the idle stage again, at least with your tips I know how to rectify.

      I hope mary615 has tried it.

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      Page1 SEO tactics 5 years ago

      Yes changing some content here and there will most definitely wake up your hubs, however once a hub has been put to sleep it gets slapped with a no index tag, telling the search engines to do just that. The major problem with this is the fact that when the no index tag gets taken, off the search engines don't bother crawling pages they've already been told not to index even if you tell Google to fetch, thus a loss in SERP and targeted traffic is the result.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Excellent suggestion. I'm going to change a few hubs right now. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARING.

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      Goody5 5 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

      You couldn't be anymore correct mary615. Band-Aids are Johnson & Johnson's line of adhesive bandages, which are designed for the healing purpose. That's the whole intention of this hub, and from the comments received so far it's working for a lot of hubbers. After the 24 hour pending stage the hub will be back in action for a minimum of a month. The hub may go back to the idled stage at some point after a month, but just like in the real word, a person may have to return to the doctor for the same injury. If you don't try to fix something, then it'll will always remain broke. A hub takes time & hard work to create, and it's everyone's choice to decide what they want to do if it becomes idled.

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      rutley 5 years ago from South Jersey

      Thank you, this is very interesting. I never even studied that part of my account page because I never really did care either way. You have now made me want to check! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Seems to me this method is just a band-aid for the bleeding Hub! OK, so you do this, it sleeps for another 24 hours, and then what??? It will probably "go to sleep" again because Google still won't like it.

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      Adrian Lawrence 5 years ago from UK

      On my own site, deleting inactive pages, seems to increase traffic to the remaining ones, I think it works by increases the concentration of link juice, it that is the case it is a good idea, provided you remember to monitor your own hubs.

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      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      Yes it does, but then you are put on pending status again. I just waited 2 days for a hub to get out pending after making some changes.

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      Cacey Taylor 5 years ago

      Such great advise. I made a change to one of my hubs and it worked like a charm

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      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      The Yes No for featured hubs. Hubbers have no control their either since function does not work.

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      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      Idle, HP wants to put good hubs on Idle while others should have never been published to begin with due to every error possible in them. My Remedy: UNPUBLISH and Use Elsewhere. Sick of HP games. I am working on becoming another loss to HP, by jumping ship.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Thank you for clarifying the situation for me in two really good Hubs linked together for easy reading . . . you have done this before.

      However wouldn't less hubbers mean less competition how does that weaken Hub Pages, or is it forcing the better writers elsewhere?

      So if Google is out to police the internet how does attacking Hub Pages accomplish that?

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      Michael John Mele 5 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      It also seems to work if you edit/add a pic to your hub.

      Thanks for the information...I really appreciate it.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      good info. Thanks!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Thanks for this information Goody5, I was wondering what all the Zz's were now I know. I took a quick look at my account before commenting and out of 36 (not many I know) 5 are actually active so I have a bit of work to do. Bless you for keeping us all informed.

      Voted up & U & I

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      fancifulashley 5 years ago

      Thank you for the tips and how to enable idle hubs to be viewed again. I am just getting back to writing on here and wanted those idle hubs to be able to be seen while slowly working on them.

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much for this! I am repairing my sleeping hubs now! Voted up and useful!

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Am in the middle of "repairing" now! Thanks! Voted up & useful. Also added a link to my hub, "Five Tips..." https://hubpages.com/community/Five-Must-Dos-for-H...

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Goody5,

      To start with, i don't know how Hubpages decides a hub need to be featured or Zzzed. I had about three hubs that were receiving little or no traffic yet two were idled and one is still featured. Your suggestion is a welcome and i think the option to feature an idled hub on the profile is a much needed one. Voted up.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I didn't think to do much about it because i noticed the idle hubs are seasonal hubs, in most cases. But after reading this, I will--thanks for your useful tips.

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      Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you so much for all the suggestions. I can easily "play the game" with some of the hubs, but will never change anything from poetry hubs where every single word has a special meaning in creating an image.

      For Hub Pages to put my hard work on idle is arrogant to say the very least especially since ALL my hubs are checked as NONE commercial

      I will definitely use your suggestion about changing the profile page to "show idle hubs". The change about the profile is also abusive and they changed it to the new format without my consent. To say that i am pissed will not even begin to tell the story. I am not surprised that many of the best writers have already left HP and many more are considering to do just that (me included)

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      Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      I am going to re-read this Hub and try to do as you are saying...You are doing us a great service in our writing....Thanks so much...

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      MazioCreate 5 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the quick fix method Goody5. I've just left my idle hubs idle since this feature was introduced. Liked and shared!

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      aimer 5 years ago

      Great tips, thanks for sharing!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Good ideas! Once I figured out how the idle worked I love it. When you go back an look at your work there is almost always something you can do to change it to make it sharper.

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      HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      lol...thanks for all your help...Yes I found it, but at the same time reading your article, it would take me forever to change a few words with so many hubs. Maybe just time to put some of my poems in ebooks and sell them. lol

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      Grant Handford 5 years ago from Canada

      great tips thanks for sharing.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the heads up and a really informative hub that is most appreciated.

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      petertebin 5 years ago from Maryland

      Great way to get it fixed real quick. I have been trying to edit my weaker hubs and add content to the ones with the zzz's all in all a good hub! Thanks for the advice voted up!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      Hello,

      Thank you for posting this. I was wondering what in the world all these new changes mean. I tried it and it worked. voted this up and shared. :)

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      jessefutch 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is true, it will cause your idle hubs to become featured again. To receive actual traffic to the hub though, it's usually best to spend a couple minutes researching your hub's subject matter and just add a new text module. This will help your hub stay evergreen and will ultimately increase your earnings! Great work on this hub.

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Great suggestions! Thank you.

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      JoanCA 5 years ago

      I wish it was only stale hubs. I have one idled hub but it's only a couple of months old. And it was getting regular traffic, so it wasn't even idle. The problem is, even if you republish, Hubpages may not give the hub enough time to build up traffic before idling it again.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      Goody5...thank you so much for the info..I have been reading your suggestion hubs..what an education I'm getting with #101..and I have had issues with google lately, in reference to hp..after years of internet use..they questioned my name, didn't feel it was up to their standards.hello..it wasn't an avatar..it is the name I was given from the witness protection program.( just kidding, but that's what I felt like telling them).it took a couple weeks,but they finally replied with..oops,sorry for inconvenience....whatever !

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      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Nice info, i was doing it earlier

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the tip, Goody5.