From time to time we hear concerns about newly-Featured Hubs not getting crawled for aaaaages, so we tried out a couple of different solutions (er- rather Paul Edmondson did; I can't take the credit) and finally found something that helps: increasing your subdomain's crawl rate through Google Webmaster Tools.
I've added tips on doing this to our Learning Center guides to Google Webmaster Tools and Featured Hubs, but the how-to is all in this FAQ entry: http://hubpages.com/faq/#increase-crawl-rate
Should you be concerned about the rate at which your Hubs are Featured, give this a go!
Thanks Simone. This will be a big help. Gonna go study your tips as well as the FAQ entry!
Sweet! This one is pretty straightforward. The only catch is that the increased crawl rate has to be re-set every 90 days!
Hello Simone Smith,
Thanks for this info but while I was fixing the crawl rate I noticed that 16 hubs of mine have URL errors. It suggests: 404 Page Not Found. I tried to fix 3 or 4 of them but not confident that I did it correctly. I am not sound in these type of technical matters. I simply need your help.
May be this is one reason why my traffic has gone down.
Even I have noticed that in 1 or 2 hub the URL which is mentioned is never used by me. Fact is, I have changed the title of many hubs but did not knew about this kind of error.
I am feeling helpless so kindly help me to fix the error in a step by step method.
Thanks in advance!
Thanks, Simone! I had some adjustments to make. So glad I found your post! :-)
That's interesting - I didn't know that was possible. Great advice for my own websites as well.
Thank you Simone!
If we increase our crawl rate, wouldn't that also mean that we'd have a smaller window to edit our Hubs when they fall into idle status before Googlebot comes back and de-indexes them?
Yep! So it's all up to you. It definitely goes both ways.
It means, if you increase your crawl rate, you'll have less time to edit and fix up your Hub when it falls into non-featured status before Google re-crawls your subdomain and de-indexes your Hub.
Shampa, were those pages unfeatured? (no H beside them). That might be the reason they have an error.
No, they are all featured hubs. That's why I am very much anxious.
I wouldn't worry too much - I think that's not too unusual. For whatever reason google couldn't follow a link from somewhere, so the page couldn't be found. Maybe HP had a 2 second down time, maybe someone else did. If often see a few of those, gone a few days later.
If it continues, though, it could indicate something actually wrong.
Well, I've done it; we'll see if there's a change. I've only got 4 Hubs so far, so perhaps it won't show all that much.
I checked some hubs at random. Both ones Google loves and ones Google hates. The absolute oldest crawl date I could find was 3 days. I've decided that since it ain't broke, I'm not going to fix it. What with the oldest crawl date being only 3 days, this kinda indicates to me that Google actually likes my subdomain. Or am I living in fantasy land here?
I did as suggested by Simone and some of my hubs have started showing red arrows. Let's hope this was a good move..................
Thanks, Simone - I will go read and learn how to do this!
How do you do this?:
Navigate to your HubPages subdomain on Google Webmaster Tools
I think, to say to google to crawl the page, we should submit the RSS feed to google. as after feeding the rss google crawlr will be able to crawl your page fast.
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