I have noticed in recent days that an increasing number of my hubs are no longer being featured. I have also noted that much of my best work was never featured at all. What can account for this?
For the very first time, I just had a newly published hub declined to be featured by HP. Maybe they went and raised the bar a notch.
That's a new one. If it becomes hard to get a hub featured the cost/benefit of writing here will become pretty unfavorable.
Hubs are idled according to an unspecified set of traits including low traffic. If you edit and republish them they will most likely return to feature status.
There are two ways your Hubs can not be Featured
If you have Hubs that were never featured, or dropped out even though you hadn't touched them, then it has nothing to do with the quality of the writing - it's simply that they weren't getting enough "reader engagement". Which obviously means not enough traffic, but may involve other things like time on page, we're not sure.
I think HubPages' rationale is that if your Hub isn't getting much traffic, then the search engines don't like it and therefore it's better not to show it to them. I don't know why they think this because I can't find one single internet expert saying that low-traffic posts hurt a website. Low quality or lacking in content, yes, but not low traffic.
The second way to drop out of Featured is if you publish a new Hub, or if you edit an existing Hub in any way. That will cause the Hub to be sent through the QAP (Quality Assessment Process). If it then drops out of Featured, then it's because the Hub failed the QAP.
If you make a minor edit a Hub, it will usually go back to being Featured but it will only last a short time. To keep it Featured, you have to do some major revisions - making the Hub a couple of paragraphs longer usually works, apparently. Personally I can't be bothered playing the lottery, so I'm just unpublishing and moving Hubs that drop out of Featured.
All it really means is that you need to do some revisions and editing. I have published 137 and ATM all of them are now featured due to some diligent editing and revisions.
I have noticed the same thing. Seems like every few weeks I lose another one. At first I was OK with it because I felt my earliest and weakest hubs were affected, probably deservedly so. Then my stronger seasonal hubs were affected too. I don't mind re-working a low-quality hub but don't feel I should have to tinker endlessly with seasonal hubs just to keep them published.
I have a few hubs that I wrote specifically for hubpages, about certain writers. They are never featured long. No outside viewers. I change one letter or change the pictures back and forth and they will go through idle and then be featured again for about six weeks before I have to do it again. When they started this new program, I had a good number of views. Evidently the search engines do not like them doing this because my views have been dropped in half. I have seen other people mention the same thing. Many are leaving hubpages over this and they were very good writers. I think it is a bad move on hubpages part.
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