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?
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