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Idle Hubs?

  1. LadyMar profile image61
    LadyMarposted 4 years ago

    Due to some personal things I've not done any Hubs since July 26, 2012.  Today I did a Hub and noticed that in my account all my Hubs were marked with "idle".

    Pertaining to Hubs, what does the idle mean and how do I go about having the Hubs not be idle?

    1. galleryofgrace profile image80
      galleryofgraceposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Idle means they are inactive and not being indexed by google. Tweak each of them and resubmit them.

      1. successdotnet profile image61
        successdotnetposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Hi gallery. When should we tweak each of them? It will be a problem for someone has 100 ++ hubs smile

        1. johndnathan profile image86
          johndnathanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          If a hub is getting very few views Hubpages may set it to idle.  This means that they won't show up on your profile page, and they're not being indexed by search engines, basically cutting them off from any new viewers.  If this happens you can edit the hub and add some more content.  Then after 24 hours of pending status the hub will be reactivated.

  2. LadyMar profile image61
    LadyMarposted 4 years ago

    Thank you all for your replies.  I just finished tweaking my idle articles, it took several hours but I got it done.

    I didn't realize Hubpages idles your articles if you are inactive, now I know.  smile

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That's not quite right.  It doesn't matter whether you are active or not. What matters is whether a Hub is getting traffic.   If a Hub is getting very few visitors, HubPages will mark it as "idle".   To "un-idle" it, all you have to do is change the title or a couple of sentences, and it will be back to normal in about 24 hours.

      HubPages are doing this on the principle that Hubs with low traffic must be low quality.  Many of us don't agree with that.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image95
        Marisa Wrightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        ....and just an update.  The Hubs which went "Idle" a few weeks ago - which I brought out of idle with a minor edit - are back in idle again.

        1. IzzyM profile image88
          IzzyMposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Guess it's decision time, eh?

          I have a LOT of idle hubs, across all my subs.

          I worked on some on this account to bring them out, but only after Google finally sent them some views.

          My traffic confusingly came back the day during the bedding in period of the idle hubs.

          Then Google skedaddled again, leaving me with loads of hubs still idled, and with me no closer to knowing which hubs, if any, brought my sub down.

          I'm sure there is more to life than this lol

          This site has taken over my life. I have spent more time here than I have with my nearest and dearest.

          I give up!

          1. Marisa Wright profile image95
            Marisa Wrightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, it  probably is decision time.   

            It does look as though the "minor edit" solution to idled Hubs only works for a few weeks at a time, so that's not the answer.  Which means if a Hub goes into idle, you've either got to give it a huge overhaul, or  unpublish it and move it elsewhere.  Or spend all your time constantly checking your account and doing minor edits - not an option.

            And if Greekgeek is right (and she usually is), it's a complete waste of time to write new Hubs because the "no index" in the early days of publication is scaring Google off big time.

            Depressing, especially for someone like yourself, who's invested your heart in this place.  At least I have my websites to turn to.

  3. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    I think that from the point of view of a content site, the goal is to get traffic.  Quality per se is beside the point.