How about a very detailed guide on how people should stop wasting their time and how to write hubs that won't get ZZZ? This would need to include ways to guarantee traffic, 'no no' topics, quality aspects minimum capsule and variety counts, and other things that are used to identify which hubs get ZZZ. The learning center recovery advice only provides vague advise about 'quality'. Clearly this may be a temporary reprieve if the hub can't meet the traffic test.
Have you thought of taking part in the Apprenticeship Program?
Too old! I have 610 hubs!
It is interesting that many of the 'a' people have complained that their hubs have been ZZZ , even ones that were featured as great examples. Getting traffic and keeping it is tough, very tough. I think that the new trend will be writing to a formula with moderate quality as there is an expectation that many hubs will fail to get traffic. Writing a 3000 word hub with video, 10 images, poll, tables as a reference may be a waste of time if there is not a vacant niche that will generate traffic. Ultimately the only hubs that won't be put to sleep are those that get more than one view every two days or so. The notion that quality hubs will attract organic links and build traffic over time has been squished by HP putting them to sleep after 6 months, or if they get stale!!!! So we need definitive advice from HP on what they are looking for.
There are lots of resources in the Learning Center for how to write quality Hubs. There is a whole section dedicated to Getting Traffic (which starts with "Elements of a Stellar Hub") as well as Online Writing Tips.
Hubs are made idle when they are out of date, need editing, or are suffering from a lack of interest.
It is interesting that the advice puts emphasis on "evergreen" - a notion that has probably withered due to the 'freshness' test. Bit like when happens to the Ents.
Tolkein reference very much appreciated. Le hannon. ;-)
Some of us are interested in knowing exactly what makes a hub idle. I guess we aren't going to find out any more than exactly what contributes to a hubscore. But you can't blame people for being curious.
I started a topic on this just for fun
Psycheskinner, there isn't an "exactly" answer. Each Hub in each Topic can be very different. It can be lack of traffic, poor quality, out of date, lack of media/capsules (especially original media), poor grammar and spelling, duplicative content, and any and all combinations of the above.
Janderson99, per your comment above, it doesn't necessarily mean evergreen. You could write a great Hub on the 2012 Presidential Election that people are very interested now, but a year from now it's out of date and no one is interested. By fall of 2013, it should be idle.
Assuming it is an automated system there must be an exact answer, just one that is multi-factorial and possibly a bit complicated. I can live with not knowing, but I don't think asking about it is illogical. Just nosey.
Do you ever watch your traffic in 'real time" on the Google Analytics Reports?
Seasonal hubs use to be a good idea. Now, I am guessing that when their season is done until next year they will fall idle. By seasonal I use the word not just to mean Christmas and Halloween etc. but the wider term as in travel and things related to the seasons of the year. Not sure how one stops a seasonal based hub dropping of the radar
by Muttface 5 years ago
It seems to be a regular sentiment in the forum threads. Are you waiting to see what will happen?
by sam24354 2 years ago
I have just started, so I dont expect it in the near future, but how many hubs, or how many months before you start making money? How much traffic is considered to be good traffic? Right now I am getting about an average of 75 hits per day on 4 hubs. Is that good? What...
by smanty 7 years ago
I am just a little curious about how much time people normally spend posting backlinks to their hubs before they actually write another one. Any advice or input will be very helpful.Also, how many hubs do you normally write a month - Just curious Thank You!
by Sabrina Yuquan Chen (陈玉泉) 7 years ago
I haven't seen traffic improvement at all after adding more hubs. With few of the new ones actually have nice traffic, and the newest with more fake traffic of my own, yet the overall traffic often has decreased, or stay the same, wondering why. This is discouraging
by Susan W 4 years ago
What would you like to achieve HubPages-wise this coming 2014? How many hubs, payouts, traffic etc? For me:- Have 200 to 250 hubs by the end of next year- Hit payout four to five times
by sandra rinck 9 years ago
Okay I have employed just about every piece of advise I managed to get from other successful hubbers so let's see if there is any difference. I have:researched key words and embedded them into my hubs. researched the products and for most of them have tested them. I am trying out different niches...
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