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    alan2richposted 4 years ago

    So what happened to ALL my tags with all my Hubs??????????? They are just simply not there when I go into EDIT!!!!!. No wonder I'm getting bugger all clicks! If they can't search for it, they just won't look! Any ideas anyone????

    I just found further information regarding removing of Tags. This is not good news, sounds like the next thing to go will the Hub pages site.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image85
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      With great effort, I have decided to not torture you. big_smile

      According to HP, tags were/have/already been dead for months. All is well. Really. smile

    2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
      mistyhorizon2003posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If it's any consolation remember the tags only ever worked within HP, and Google didn't ever see them or factor them into their results, plus it appears HP haven't been using them for many months anyway.

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    alan2richposted 4 years ago

    Well, it just goes to show the interest there is in Hub Pages. I haven't taken it seriously because there were just the lack of views and now I understand why it's been like it for months. I have about 30 videos up and just no views. What ever the guff from Hub Pages is, it will never perform for people if the world can not put in predominant tags that personally relate to a person's Hub. Thanks for your reply. I look forward to earning my usual 10 cents a month!!!!!

    1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
      Kangaroo_Jaseposted 4 years ago in reply to this
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        alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, just confirms what i thought. They may have a boast of 50 Million views on Hubs per month, but I've yet to see them, considering my videos on Youtube have had well over 1 million views.

        1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
          Kangaroo_Jaseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          No worries Alan,

          I figured some time ago that tags had little relevance externally for hubs about 1 year ago. I got an email this morning outlining that tags and rss feeds will disappear from current hubs. Also that they will not be available to future hubs.

        2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
          mistyhorizon2003posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I have it on reliable authority that Quantcast shows page views of about half of the 50 million views figure although I haven't ever checked into that personally.

    2. paradigmsearch profile image85
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      http://s3.hubimg.com/u/3325590_f520.jpg
      I agree that interwebs is one tough town. However, I think HP is our best shot.

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        alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Ditto to my above reply. Sounds like the investment people I had my money with who sent out a letter saying they wouldn't take any more money for investing, and sure enough 2 months later they went into receivership and 6,000 people lost their money here in Australia.

        1. paradigmsearch profile image85
          paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Did I mention that life is also a tough town? Sorry about you loss. sad  All we can do is keep plugging away each day. Hang in there!

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            alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I think it's understood "life is tough" but Hub Pages has always been a mixed bag and I've been with them for years. Only when I started putting more stuff up, did it stuff up.

            1. paradigmsearch profile image85
              paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Your post made me go check. My last half-dozen hubs are actually getting single-digit, daily traffic. That is amazing. Usually new stuff is a corpse for at least 6 months. I'd hang in there. Nothing to lose.

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                alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                That's interesting you say that. I know that there are certainly a lot of Hubs, but how do people find your Hub. Through a search but if they can't put in words that relate, what chance do you have?

                1. paradigmsearch profile image85
                  paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Tags do not relate to search. smile

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                    alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Well, anyway, that's what web masters have told me. People would have to be precise in search if they were looking for your particular subject. Though there was Google+ on my Hubs but it disappeared after a few days with Hub saying some sort of problem there. Don't think Google were too happy for some reason, though they have their ads there. Curious, indeed.

    3. Alison Graham profile image94
      Alison Grahamposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have recently been enrolled in the hubpages apprenticeship program, since following the lessons on improving my writing for new hubs, I have gone back and tried to 'fix up' some of my old hubs that were receiving very little or no traffic.

      The results have been very encouraging even in the first few days. I have paid attention to using keyword research for finding titles for my capsules, splitting longer blocks of text into more capsules with headings, using bullet points and making use of the addition of different capsules such as the poll, rating and table capsule. I have also used the long tail phrases I researched where they fitted naturally throughout the article as well.

      Whilst it is important not to overuse keywords, I think that this has improved my articles' visibility in search engines, certainly the number of google visitors has gone up. I have also found that using the Pinterest button and pinning articles to a relevant 'board' there has produced some good traffic and this is self-perpetuating as more people share the 'pin'.

      I have to say that rather than bemoaning the loss of tags on hubpages and getting hung up on the fact that tags might be helpful in a wp blog, it is better to learn all we can to improve our hubs and get more traffic.

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        alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hmmm, interesting comment. But unfortunately my Hubs are not articles but videos, however, I will be endeavouring to add some key words and headings relevant for searches in the descriptions. By rights, searches shouldn't care where words are. If someone types in "ghost" for example, then the searches should pick it up from any place on earth within the internet world. Or so I think it should.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image94
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Yes they do, but then the search engine has to make a decision what order to present the results in.   Google uses a complex algorithm to make that decision.  It stopped using tags long ago, because people were gaming the system and using irrelevant tags.

          Instead, the algorithm looks for recurrences of the search term in the URL, title and text.  For instance, if you only use the word "ghost" once, your Hub probably isn't directly about that topic, so it won't be included. If you use it three or four times in a short article, it's pretty safe to assume you are writing about ghosts, and your Hub will be listed.  If you use it in the URL, title, every heading, every sub-heading and constantly in the text, then you're obviously a spammer and won't be included.

          Having decided whether to include your Hub, the algorithm then uses a variety of other criteria to decide whether to rank you on page 1 or page 255. 

          The algorithm must work differently for videos, since the text isn't there to analyse.  I assume Google must rely on the title match, or perhaps they make a special case for Youtube.  I don't work with videos so I can't help there.

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            alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            That's great but I work with videos. Thanks for the interesting info though.

            1. Marisa Wright profile image94
              Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              In that case, the message is to go off and research how Google ranks videos, so you can make sure you're doing everything you can.   They must have a system for deciding what order to display the search results in, and you need to know what it is!  Their robots can't watch videos so I'm guessing they have to rely on the words surrounding the video - URL, title, description etc.

              This article is relevant:

              http://www.searchenginejournal.com/4-ti … ube/46680/


              Also did you notice what someone said earlier about all your Hubs being idled?  Do you understand what that means?  If they don't have a big fat H next to them, it means HubPages has put a "no follow" tag on them so they're invisible to all the search engines.

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                alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                There's no H and some are featured and one is exclusive!!! I'd hate to see what a poor following is! Yet my rating is 73. But what you say re the H basically backs up my story, profit before anything else. If, apparently, no outside search can pick individual Hubs up, it's certainly limiting the world.

                1. Marisa Wright profile image94
                  Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  If there's no H, it's not featured, and it means the Hub is invisible to the search engines.  The only way you'll get traffic to a Hub without an H is from other Hubbers, and from links you've posted elsewhere.  From an earnings perspective, there really is no point in Hubs that don't have an "H".   There is no way for a Hub to recover from that, unless you're able to revise and improve it, because it's basically invisible.

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                    alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    I misread your comment, there are a few H's but it's up to Hubpages to promote ALL the hubs of the people, otherwise what is the point? A Hubber can only do so much and in the end it's still the subject that matters. A subject that people want to see. With videos, that's it. You don't make it over and over to please people. It's either a hit or it's not, and then you move onto the next one. Obviously, with it's apparent limited capacity, Hub Pages is more suited to the written word which is what my original article was about. It was cheaper to have it here than pay for a web site that it was on.

  3. sleepylog profile image91
    sleepylogposted 4 years ago

    I don't worry so much about tags because Google no longer uses them in their search rankings. They are now more interested in other things, such as page titles, page descriptions/summaries, the amount of time people stay on a website, originality of content, quality and quantity of content and other things. But their site crawlers don't look at tags/keywords anymore.  The search engines basically use the text in a website's content to form their own tags for each websites, then they use that and all the other data I mentioned, to answer search queries. That's why it's important to have descriptive and accurate page titles and summaries. If they differ from a site's content, that site will rank low in  search results.

    Websites that contain duplicate content. ie content that has been copied from other sites will also rank low.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image85
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      SLEEPYLOG speaks truth.

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        alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Well, you guys are obviously talking about written articles, but I'm talking about films/ videos and Youtube. Youtube requires tags to find your film ( and as you know, Youtube is Google) so it looks like Hub Pages is obviously not a video site. Though only in recent months have they seemed to encourage video placement. Why? Because just about everyone has a camera via mobile (cell to the Yanks) with a video function. Previously I linked through to Youtube. The internet is mainly becoming a visual medium where anyone with a camera can put up that great epic or what people really want, some disaster, preferably to somebody else. Hub Pages is really horses for different courses Youtube is probably about 50 million, a day..

    2. sabrebIade profile image81
      sabrebIadeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's why Google run sites like Blogger and YouTube have gotten rid of Tags.
      Hey...wait a minute.....

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      GoldenThreadPressposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      What would you suggest then for back linking. I have gone and written up summaries and linked back to HubPages from my own website. Just for my peace of mind is this the way to go?

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        alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I have done the same (sort of, I guess) on my Youtube Channel. Linked back through to the HubPages sites for further info but it seems to be really doing nothing. People are fickle. it's more like, if nothing grabs their attention in the first 5 seconds, then nothing will. With internet being a visual medium, todays generation, only think in terms of visual ( or so it seems to me), i.e.. video games and talking , i.e., mobiles (or cellulars). Out of the 173 videos I have on Youtube, only one is a smash hit with over 921,000 views (just a few hundred a day... in July, it was 5-6000 a day, but Youtube did "something"... changed their set up. whatever and the views plummeted). Other videos have had 20,000 looks or so, and my theory is, the more videos up, the more chance of cracking another big hit... But once again, you can not second guess the viewing public. It's just like making a movie, it's either a smash or not... and usually it's the "or not"!!!

  4. SmartAndFun profile image90
    SmartAndFunposted 4 years ago

    Alan2Rich, I hate to tell you this, but the reason you're not getting traffic is that all but two of your 32 hubs have been idled. If you've been away from HP for awhile, you might need to be filled in on the conept of idle hubs. Basically, they have been no-indexed due to low traffic or other issues.

  5. Alison Graham profile image94
    Alison Grahamposted 4 years ago

    This may help you with why there are no tags - I only found out myself when I tried to add them to a hub I published yesterday! It seems that the RSS capsule is going too!
    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106827

  6. wjack2010 profile image60
    wjack2010posted 4 years ago

    A new Hub would normally get about 20 views for me in the first 1-2 hours, I'm getting 1 view, and mostly 0...HubPages is going DOWN hill.

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      alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for all the advice, guys. Yes, me thinks Hub may be going the way of Revver where I first had my videos up and was suppose to earn money which I never saw. They had their own system. I had lost the original films but managed to download them from Revver before they became impossible for me, at least, to log onto. As for Hub, though I have been with them for several years for one particular published subject article divided into 3, it never really had taken off. On Youtube my videos, to date, have had total views of 1,050,721 with my smash hit being GHOST TUNNEL of 918,275 to date ( and I still have no reason why, but hey, who's complaining!!), so it's horses for courses as I say. I can't help it if my Hubs are idle, probably because of no tags!! I can't call every video Knitting A Jumper, or Baking A Cake.... Youtube have definitely not got rid of tags as they are required for video searches. Hub Pages have only recently jumped on the bandwagon for videos.

      1. sassygrrl32 profile image82
        sassygrrl32posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I've found adding tags on my blog posts definitely makes me rank higher in google search so I'm not sure about this no tags thing where they look at other stuff. I'm sure they do that too but when I started adding tags to my posts I definitely starting ranking higher in search.
        Now alot of my posts on the one site are just photographs and I don't write(I don't have time) an entire article around it. The page title does have alot to do with it but I can't pack all the keywords into the title or the body for that matter so I'm really glad they have the ability to add tags on posts on my blogs.

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    alan2richposted 4 years ago

    I've had more hits and comments on this subject than I'm getting on my Hubs!

  8. innerspin profile image88
    innerspinposted 4 years ago

    Hi, alan2rich, interesting thread you started here. I'm a bit miffed because I've been working on the tags, adding more, then find they've not been in use for months.

    Out of interest, could I ask why you are putting videos on hubpages when you have so many hits on youtube?  Why not put them there?

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      alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Innerspin, easy answer, if I can double the films elsewhere, maybe it'll double the money!! Actually, I use to have links to Youtube, but they didn't play the ad when you clicked on them from Hubpages. So when Hubpages recently decided to have videos there, why not give it a go. You just don't show a movie in one cinema in the hope it makes money. I was curious to see what would happen. In some cases, the films carry different soundtracks as Youtube would subject themselves to copyright paranoia and blame sus internet music companies that seem to have sprung up from nowhere over recent times to claim things like Apple's Soundtrack Pro loops!!! Maybe I should write an article about that. Very hard to put into a few words but it's an absolute muckup around the world for original creative people who have the licence for these loops ( and other companies loops) only to be kicked in the guts by someone somewhere in Europe ( seems to be the headquarters) claiming the loops you paid for as their own! Apple Australia have confirmed that I have the licence (anyone with Soundtrack Pro or Garage Band has), but that doesn't stop Youtube and their detection software. I had one piece of Apple loop tune that was claimed by several different companies under different titles!!!! Go figure......!

  9. HattieMattieMae profile image67
    HattieMattieMaeposted 4 years ago

    Yay I noticed that too Alan..don't know if this is good or not! I guess we'll find out! Thought it was just me or something. lol

  10. the clean life profile image70
    the clean lifeposted 4 years ago

    How can people find our hubs without tags that are searchable? How will it work now without this feature?

    1. SimeyC profile image88
      SimeyCposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      TAGS were never searchable on Google - as long as you use keywords and key phrases in your titles and sub-titles, people will be able to find you.

      1. the clean life profile image70
        the clean lifeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you so much for your answer. yes keywords are the most important.

    2. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
      mistyhorizon2003posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The tags were only relevant within HP, externally they were not available. Apparently HP haven't been using them (even internally) for many months now, yet you still will have got views. The views will come from your own backlinks, keywords that Google find in your hubs,  natural organic back linking from external sources etc.

      1. Jean Bakula profile image92
        Jean Bakulaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I had RSS feeds on most of my hubs, and I've been taking them off gradually, maybe about 10 every few days. It seems my general score is lower though, but then that isn't supposed to mean anything anyway, right?

        1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image93
          mistyhorizon2003posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Pay no attention to internal scores (too many people do). Generally these scores are flawed, and often a hub's score cannot reflect its success rate one way or the other. Google don't see (or care) about HP's idea of a 'high scoring hub' and most seasoned hubbers ignore them. Author scores are majorly flawed because they appear to be largely determined by general interaction on the site, e.g. commenting in forums, on other's hubs etc, which don't make you money, and give people who don't know better a false impression of your writing abilities (again Google don't see or care about these).

          Re-RSS feeds, I haven't used them in God knows how many months (although I have empty ones that will vanish when HP do the final cull). I still get traffic well into four figures a day and have never felt they served much purpose in terms of traffic (backlinking is far more effective).

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            alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            With my snow flake question, I certainly created an avalanche!. Software program searches may be able to pick up words, and definitely sound, but can not seem to detect what an image is. Well of course it can't. It may know something's there by the image size, but it doesn't know what it is a picture of (or film or video for that matter) unless there is heading underneath or words that tell what's in that image but even then the words may fail because the screen in front of us is visual medium. Why explain what you're showing in a movie! Youtube come out with all sorts of things when they say you have breached copyright, but in actual fact they are only 2nd guessing when they talk about images. It's all to do with the sound.  Yet in the end, you can't getaway from the fact that that you must have a subject, product, that people are actually looking for, and if you don't have that, it's more good luck than management.

            1. brakel2 profile image85
              brakel2posted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I remember looking at cached pages when we had tags, and the keyword tags were highlighted as were the keywords in the article. Can someone differentiate between meta tags and other tags?. I read two SEO articles that said that meta tags aren't as useful as they once were due to keyword stuffing but suggested that they still help. So now, I am totally confused, I guess there are many answers to the same issue. lol

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                alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                I wouldn't have a clue, I'm sorry, starting to get a bit too confusing for me, but Hub Pages doesn't work for me because I am more video/film orientated and obviously Hub is nothing more than blogs. I reducing my video content on Hub and sticking with Youtube and their current 500 years of videos!!! That's enough competition for me!!

              2. Marisa Wright profile image94
                Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Neither is relevant on HubPages now.   You were never able to add metatags here either.

  11. brakel2 profile image85
    brakel2posted 4 years ago via iphone

    Thanks Marisa. I wish I had your knowledge about SEO. I guess you believe we are OK as we are with keywords.

  12. brakel2 profile image85
    brakel2posted 4 years ago via iphone

    @Alan. Sure wish you didn't have to leave. We will miss you, but I understand about the videos

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      alan2richposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'll probably keep my stuff regarding the Burrill Lake Open Air Theatre and maybe the one on Australia.  I may get around to writing articles like a lot of people, but at the moment I'm trying to earn some sort of income from the internet but 9 cents so far for December on Hub Pages doesn't really cut it!!!

 
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