Why Have You Idled my Hub? - Believe it of NOT - List yours here

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  1. janderson99 profile image57
    janderson99posted 5 years ago

    I just has a hub idled for low traffic (its being getting traffic and income for 12 months).
    Below are the hits stats
    4  today
    18 last 7 days   
    60 last 30 days   
    440    Ever
    Published  01/15/12   
    Hubscore 87
    Google PR  2

    Surely  that is good enough ???
    List yours here - we might be able to work it out ( the 3 time-frame system - 2 month, quarterly and yearly)

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Why not let HP choose you an exclusive title and finish it off for good, Janderson.  yikes

    2. rmcrayne profile image96
      rmcrayneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I really don’t get everyone’s outrage over the idling issue. 

      For my hubs, I don’t consider 2 or 3 views per day over the last 30 days as good traffic or “good enough” for a hub that is a year or more old.  But that’s just me.  I might take it a little personally, but I certainly don’t harbor any bad feelings toward HP.  Toward Google yes.  I have plenty of hubs that I think are well written, and contain very useful information, but they just never “got legs”.  I racked my brain to look up keywords and phrases on a couple of these, and just never found any good ones to drive traffic to some of these hubs.  I have others that had modest traffic (as opposed to virtually none) before all the Google drama, and just never bounced back.  There was a time when my new stuff got decent traffic right away.  That is not the current climate. 

      In our new reality, it’s certainly not realistic to think that every single thing we write is going to get traffic and be successful.  It’s trial and error.  You never know what’s going to take off.  I have voluntarily unpublished a total of 60 hubs now, but not all at once.  I read in the forum months ago from hubbers that I trusted that they had unpublished low performers, and it had improved their traffic.  Also, one hubber noted that the majority of their traffic came from just a few hubs.  I took these things to heart.  I have unpublished 10-20 hubs at a time, on multiple occasions.  Each time I experienced an increase in traffic. 

      It’s time for me to do another purge.  Some hubs are easier to let go of than others.  Some I have moved to Blogger.  Others, I’m still pondering what to do.  I personally don’t see much benefit in moving to Wizzley or Zujava.  I haven’t found those sites to have very good traffic juice at all.  It’s painful, but sometimes a great hub “needs to go” no where at all, except maybe a notebook, for us to occasionally enjoy and reminisce, like looking at a photo album.

      1. habee profile image94
        habeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I'm not outraged, but I am a little frustrated. How are you, Rose Mary?

        1. rmcrayne profile image96
          rmcrayneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Hey Holle.  I'm trying to wrap up work stuff, because I'm getting ready for a trip home soon.

      2. GA Anderson profile image81
        GA Andersonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Finally, someone brave enough to speak the truth.
        I feel the same way but just did not have the motivation to say it as you did.
        Bravo - the truth shall set you free.

        No matter how attached we get to our productions - it is still all about traffic. If it doesn't get it, (your analysis was spot on), then it's no good to HP, or us.

        I enjoy writing political satire articles. I put a lot of effort into them, but after the topic has passed from the public's radar, then the traffic drops to stats similar to the OPs numbers. No body searches for old news, (not comparing his hubs to old news),  - so those great articles I wrote won't be benefiting anyone. Too bad they get idled, but life goes on.


  2. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    If HP is really shooting hubs that get daily traffic... That really confuses me... sad

  3. Simone Smith profile image93
    Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

    Hey janderson99!

    I totally understand your frustration due to the lack of clarity we have with the Quality Assessment Program. We're working on straightening out those kinks.

    I'd give a more explicit response, but the means by which Hubs lose Featured status due to traffic is going to change soon, so what I say now will soon no longer be valid.

    I do see, though, that you have already edited and updated the Hub, so it'll be Featured again for at least another couple of months (I'd recommend focusing on driving more search traffic by having a look at your Hub's title and analyzing its present position in search results). By then, the QAP's traffic analysis side will be further improved.

    1. habee profile image94
      habeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      But, Simone...what if it's already an "exclusive title"? A few of my hubs with exclusive titles are idled, even though they contain lots of info, use keyword research, and are well written. We can't change those titles, can we?

      1. janderson99 profile image57
        janderson99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Pssssst!  If you ask nicely, and have a new title ready to go, HP will change it manually for you. You supposedly can use Title Tuner to change the exclusive title (?), but TT won't work for me.

        1. habee profile image94
          habeeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I couldn't get TT to work, either. Thanks. I didn't know we could get staff to change the titles.

          1. janderson99 profile image57
            janderson99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

            TT can't cope with big Nuke Subs!

          2. Randy Godwin profile image91
            Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Why not delete it and change the title yourself, that's what I'm going to do with the 2 I tried.  The exclusive titles seem to be worse to get traffic than those we choose ourselves.  In my case, at any rate.

            1. wilderness profile image97
              wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I've had the same experience.  Few if any of my exclusives have done anything at all.

              To delete it, though, will lose whatever small amount of juice it has already collected.

          3. Simone Smith profile image93
            Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Yes! Please do email me to request changes to Exclusive titles!!! I'm happy to do that until we have the bandwidth to build a better solution for editing them. Asking for help from me is the best way to go if using the Title Tuner isn't possible.

            1. profile image0
              summerberrieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I have some exclusive titles idled which are seasonal.

              My problem is they have passed QAP but did not pick up enough traffic during the season (they are season hubs)
              I plan to keep them idle and not tweak them until  two months or so prior to the new season. So in September I will tweak them to get them out of the idle stage and hopefully ready for the October/November/December traffic. (I'm a bit nervous about tweaking hubs too frequently-another question that can be asked later)
              The question is this: Does the changes you speak of expand the duration prior to hubs going into idle?
              The reason I ask this is because if hubs (especially seasonal ones) can have the grace period of 6th months to gain traffic that would be helpful. If that is in the horizon, I will go ahead and tweak these hubs now to have ready for the upcoming season.


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