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  1. jacharless profile image80
    jacharlessposted 8 years ago

    Saw this @ the bottom right of page, sitewide, and was wondering how Glam Media {Adverts} [ and its acquisition of Ning Social Network] relates to Hub Pages. A possible merger or addition to the Ad Program? If just Ad Related, will this now enable non Ad Sense participants to activate revenue measures?

    Tech Crunch : Glam Media | Ning

  2. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    I noticed this also and wonder what is in the works and how it affects the site. 

    Maybe HP is looking for more social integration outside of the community, also?  With the new About Us page, there is more emphasis on sharing and community interaction.

  3. jacharless profile image80
    jacharlessposted 8 years ago

    Ning was//is possibly the most efficient DIY Social Network platform out there. Much better than Bubbypress, Dolphin, etc. Glam Media expanded its product reach using Ning social to increase their vertical demand and of course advertising.  Could HP be in line as a new vertical, given their huge portfolio of content -especially recipes, whereby adding [seriously] premium ads? And what is the benefit on the Hubber end -as in an AdSense alternative for premium Hubs...

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well–I think it's safe to say  that hubpages are unlikely to let us know anything until it has been fully implemented. lol

      With search engine traffic continuing to diminish, I imagine hub pages are trying to find more ways of monetising their user base.

      1. jacharless profile image80
        jacharlessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        True -as in the MTurk PPC hopper.

        Maybe this is an exit strategy?
        Glam is a big player and Ning is on par with HP @ 50M UV per/month.
        Adding HP's 1M plus UGC to Glam content portfolio could put them over the top.
        On the other hand, HP integrating Glam Adverts as part of Yield Build solution could up the ante both in revenue and social media integration from their entire network. But, Glam is pretty niche on its verticals, so am not sure which areas would be most effective apart from recipes, family and fashion. If I were to do a vertical network, wouldn't choose many of the existing Topics on HP, as they have no growth or expansion capability.

        Worse case scenario is an acquisition and then cherry pick content for specific target markets, which Glam is very good at. Am probing my good friends fiance for info. She knows some folks @ Glam + her seniority @ VSA // IBM Design Labs.


        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          HP is exaggerating some what when they claim 50M visitors PM. More like 20M now. But you may be right about the exit strategy. They seem to have lost their marketing peeps recently. wink

        2. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I saw a mention of this somewhere else but can't find an explanation.  What did I miss?

          1. IzzyM profile image88
            IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this
            1. Marisa Wright profile image93
              Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              Aha, missed that.  Not happy.

              1. IzzyM profile image88
                IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                I am not surprised in the slightest.

                With your being non-American, you now have no chance of rating hubs, not that you would want to.

                What is all this rating hubs about?

                I have asked on other threads.

                I have also brought up the fact that some hubbers are escaping the whole ratings hurdle by seeing instant publication/featuring.

                Only a few, about 20 or so, but what the Hell is happening here?

                Being granted instant 'featuring' is what we all had until recently.

                We could instantly see if a hub had potential or not. If it got search engine hits, well, we had a hit on our hands.

                If not, well we waited patiently knowing that one day we might.

                Now, even on a topical, well-researched and written hub, we can forget it.

                It took me the longest time to realise the strength of HP, if you write your hubs while paying close attention to on-page SEO.

                I've written a few 'failures'.

                It kinda annoys me deeply that the hubs I consider failures were the ones Google sent traffic to recently.

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  The only possibility is that it will be be added into the HubPages algorithm that decides what gets idled and what gets indexed.  I can't see any other purpose for it.  Which is why it's scarey - it was bad enough  Hubbers sitting in judgment on each other, but to have MTurk users rating frantically to make money is an awful idea. You only have to look at the accuracy (not) of rating on Helium, to know what a dumb idea it is (you don't get paid to rate on Helium, but you must maintain a minimum level of rating activity if you want to earn on your own articles).

                  1. IzzyM profile image88
                    IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

           just gets worse.

                    I am now seriously considering moving most of my hubs off-site. This isn't fun anymore.

                2. Faith Reaper profile image85
                  Faith Reaperposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  I don't know about any instant publishing, but I have figured out that you can go ahead and place a new hub in the highlighted area of the new profile page until it is through the "pending" process, if you so desire.  It does allow that, as I had noticed that on others' profile pages, and so this last time, I tried it, and it worked.

                  1. IzzyM profile image88
                    IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    That would be damaging to the hub, because while it is pending it carries a 'noindex' tag.

                    Placing the hub where Google can see it means the bots will run over the hub, see the noindex tag and make a quick, sharp exit.

                    Sometimes the googlebot doesn't return for weeks, so that hub will remain non-indexed until then.

                    If it is not indexed, it can't get traffic except that from other hubbers.

  4. Faith Reaper profile image85
    Faith Reaperposted 8 years ago

    I asked this in question, receiving many different answers just the other day, when I noticed it too.  Still not sure of the answer.  In His Love, Faith Reaper

  5. RichusFridum profile image60
    RichusFridumposted 8 years ago

    IzzyM's pic is hilarious


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