One of my hubs was recently idled. It wasn't performing well, and had zero traffic for some while. In my quest for a Google Ad-sense account, should I or should I not delete it?
I never delete my Hubs. If they idle, I just edit them and make them a little bit better.
I had one recently that I just fixed up a tiny bit and it is fine now!
I asked myself this question too. Please give your old hubs a chance before deleting them. I'm finding some of my "best" ones have fallen to idle. I think that is one of the things that is killing our traffic. When they move to "idle" status they do not show up on your profile. Normally, I would go to your profile to check your titles and summaries to look for something of interest to read.
Unfortunately, unless you have changed the block on your profile which says
"Show only featured hubs?" which automatically defaults to Yes, your hubs will not be there for me to choose from.
Be sure to check the NO block to allow your readers full access to your work.
All the best,
If a Hub is idled, it will kill traffic - but it's not because it disappears from your profile. Hardly anyone ever looks at your profile, so that would make very little difference.
What matters is that an idled Hub disappears from Google, so no one can find it unless you actually send them a link.
If you have a Hub that is idled, it can never recover because it's semi-private - you can share it with people by sending them a link, but people can't search for it.
Thank you Marisa Wright and Peg...I have put into consideration your advice and I think will reedit it and see where it goes from there. I just hope that it gets back up there in the search engines
As Simone says, it won't affect your Adsense account so you don't have to do anything about it.
However, an idled Hub isn't doing you any good. It will never appear on Google search results, so the only people who will see it are people you send the link to.
You can get a Hub Featured again if you edit it to improve it. However if you do only a minor edit, it probably won't stay Featured for long. Try to add a couple of paragraphs. You'll then have to monitor it - if it falls into idle again in a month or two, then at that stage, I'd say delete it and try posting it elsewhere, because although it won't hurt your account, what's the use of having an article sitting there, invisible?
Is it a really good Hub? Are you passionate about the subject? Is it in-depth and reinforced with original photos or lots of helpful tips and resources?
Essentially, is it worth rescuing? If so, spend some time fixing it up! If not, it is entirely fine to leave it alone for now- you don't even need to delete it. If it is a lackluster Hub that reflects poorly on your portfolio (we all have 'em- I have TONS), it should not hurt your reputation so long as it is not Featured.
Thank you Simone, the hub is an exclusive about psychology graduate programs. I gave it my best but I guess its not a very popular topic. I am considering fixing it up...n by that I mean a complete overhaul, just to make it a bit more interesting and search friendly. Thank you again for the advice.
I take a hard look at my idled pages.
First thing is... is it any good?
If I don't like it, don't think I can improve it - I get rid. I wrote a lot of garbage in my earlier days... and I still do.
If I think it still has promise then I'll check the keywords. Maybe I missed an obvious opportunity to make it more likely people could find it.
And at the same time I look at the content. How can I make it better? Maybe some people had found it... and didn't like it.
More text, better text, sometimes even less text. Better pictures. More interest for the visitor.
It's hard writing online. Very hard to get it right first time.
I've deleted only one hub within the last 13 months -as has been stated by others a good edit may make all the difference.
I also have some hubs in idle state,and I once confused about whether should I do about them. Now I learn so much here. Ha!
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