Before Aug. 2012, I'd never heard of hubpages and I'm pretty sure I'd never run across a hub in any of my searches since HP started. The layout is pretty distinctive and it struck me as "foreign" the first time I came to the site. I don't mean that in a negative way, just that it's a layout I think I would remember if I'd seen it before.
It occurred to me today that the above still holds true. I don't think I ever see search results that include hubs for my everyday searches. Maybe it's just that my particular interests don't have a strong intersection with the topics on HP, but I was wondering if others have noticed this, too? Actually, I don't think I see many results from any articles oriented sites, either.
Obviously, a lot of hubbers get great, constant organic traffic, so the site is popular SE-wise. Does this lack of hubs in SE results mean that HP is still so small that we have plenty of room to grow in our conquest of the Internet?
I don't know if I ran across any before I knew about HubPages. If I did, I don't remember. However, I do occasionally find hubs in my Google search results now. There are plenty of strange looking pages out there, I think HubPage's layout is pretty simple and spare compared to a lot of them. I really don't think I would have noticed.
It's one of those things that has always mystified me, too. Even in the days when I was getting thousands of views to my Hubs every day, I still wasn't seeing Hubs in search results. As you say, maybe it's the kind of subjects we search for. I gave up wondering about it eventually!
My experiences are the same as the previous posters. I eventually concluded that the viewers were coming from other dimensions. After all, Google is indeed everywhere. Since the advertisers are apparently fine with it, I'm fine with it.
I guess I'm in the minority. When I search for pet care information, hubs often come up. I was familiar with HubPages for at least a year or two before I knew that just anybody could sign up and write a hub.
Seems like I've seen numbers like 1 million hubs as opposed to several trillion articles on the web. HP, then, is less than one millionth of the web as a whole.
Is it really surprising you don't see many results?
That's true. I was just thinking that if people are getting a lot of traffic, then their Hubs must be appearing on page 1 of search results for somebody - so why not me?
Search for your topics, using keywords that are popular (and that you know are popular because you did your keyword research ) and I bet you will find some hubs.
Last fall I did some extensive research on the history of holidays for some hubs I was writing. I would estimate that 10% of what I read came from HP - out of 50+ sites I'm sure there were at least 5 from HP. So I do see some, but I also have to say that most of my own research is not through searches but from specific sites.
I know I'll find my Hubs if I do that, but I'm not talking about finding my Hubs. The OP was talking about search results in general.
Yes, I know. But your own topics are the only ones you know are here and that rank well. If you know of others, you don't search for them; you just go to them. Or use the HP search.
I also know that most of my research is for writing hubs, and if the competition is too high (lots of articles of hubs) I won't write and thus won't search for the topic, either.
Really, I think hubs are being shown (traffic says they are if nothing else) but my own search habits preclude finding very many hubs. I see a few, as I say, but not a whole lot - between the enormous number of other sources and my own habits I don't find it surprising.
Here's a question. I had like 2 bucks last month in my HP account. I thought it was held there til I made 10 bucks... did I actually lose it when the new month started?
by Susana Serer 7 years ago
There have been several theories about what content Google is penalising and rewarding in the search results but at the moment it does seem a bit random (from my end). Let's compare notes and hopefully we can see some common threads in there. What content of yours is holding on to its ranking and...
by Andrew 8 years ago
I am #3 for the term "Going to the park"The significance is, it is out of 358,000,000 (358MILLION) Results! Pic Proof:Good Luck with Page Rank,~thranax~
by NotPC 5 years ago
I have been experimenting with Google to find new techniques to drive more search traffic and I found one that is quite silly but has doubled my traffic within about a week of updating my hub.Here it is: THE RATING CAPSULEIt's really quite silly, but I added a rating capsule to the bottom of my...
by JessBraz 4 years ago
So I was bored and decided I would Google some of the topics of a few of my most recent hubs... Two of them popped up on the FIRST PAGE!! WHHHHHAAAAATTT?!??! lol. Sorry, I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place for this, but I almost swallowed my own tongue I was so excited and I need to tell...
by DasEngel 12 months ago
I published a hub a about three weeks ago, titled: "Defining My Purpose on HubPages: Aftermath of My Wars on HubPages Forums". I've written and published one more hub after that (it's still undergoing the site's quality assessment process) and I'm planning to write more hubs.I...
by Marina 3 years ago
Today we're changing the internal search engine on HubPages to run Google Custom Search. We know that search on HubPages didn't always work as intended, and we expect Google to ultimately provide more relevant results for both Hubbers and visitors using the site. The new search feature should not...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|