Recently I've been having increasing problems with hubs being idled almost as soon as I've put them online. I have a hard time figuring out what I've done wrong. Sometimes I can figure it out, sometimes I cannot. The result is that I wind up demolishing a really good hub that is getting loads of reads just to get it published. I have written the team about this issue, but now want to hear your views. Don't you think that knowing exactly what it is that one has done wrong would greatly help us to fix any problems and thus turn hubs into better articles?
Because we do not have a means by which Mechanical Turk raters provide specific comments on why they gave their Hub a low rating for one set of criteria, there is unfortunately no means by which we can explain why a Hub did not get sufficient quality ratings to be featured.
In most cases, there is not actually a specific 'cause' aside from a Hub, on a broad level, just not being good enough (which is to say that the Hub may be good, but it simply isn't thorough, polished, and unique enough to qualify for being Featured).
We have raised our quality standards quite a bit, so it is definitely harder to have Hubs Featured now, and I apologize for any frustration this has caused.
That said, we earnestly believe that by upping the minimum quality ratings required for Hubs to be featured, we can significantly increase the quality of our site and help it get more traffic (which means Hubbers get more traffic, earnings, and readership).
Welp... I've had my say at least. I know I haven't really given any clear solutions, but hopefully I've helped to explain why things are the way they are.
I agree totally that we need stiffer standards, but without knowing specifically what is wrong with hubs, it is very hard to know what to fix. In my case, I know it is not grammar, spelling or structure, number of words, lack of photos, etc. It seems that I am being penalized if my title does not exactly match the content in every capsule that is within a hub. I personally feel this is carrying things a bit too far. If I write a good quality hub and want to embellish it with extra, slightly off topic, information, why should I be penalized? I believe this is what is happening, but without knowing for certain, it is impossible to say. What happens is that I start deleting capsules until I wind up with a bland, substandard hub that gets published but immediately loses views. This week, for example, I wrote a hub that got 70 views in two days. Now that I've "fixed" it, I have zero views for today. Is this what you folks really want to see? I hope not! I spend a lot of time reworking hubs to improve them, but sometimes wonder why I should even bother. My hubber score is always in the 90's, sometimes the high 90's, so obviously I am doing something right. Yet...the great majority of my views are low. With 132 articles I certainly should be getting more than 200 views daily. Either I am missing something or I'm way off base with my thinking here. Any input from you would be greatly appreciated.
by Kate Swanson 5 years ago
Right now, while a Hub is pending, it doesn't show ads, it has a "no follow" tag etc. However our followers get notified and they may share the Hub during that time. It would be nice if that notification could be delayed, too.
by Krissa Klein 4 years ago
How many views, roughly, are needed to keep a hub from being unfeatured?I've noticed a lot of people complaining about hubs being unfeatured for lack of engagement.I've noticed traffic declining on some of my hubs, and I was wondering if anyone knows at what point I'd have to worry about being...
by Sheila Craan 17 months ago
Lately, I have had 11 hubs unfeatured due to Quality Issues. I have assured my hubs do not contain grammatical or spelling errors. I have included relevant video and changed the titles and added new supporting texts and all this to no avail. The HubPages Staff continues to deem my hubs do not...
by Lena Kovadlo 5 years ago
If a hub is not featured does that mean that it doesn't get any search engine traffic from Google or other search engines?
by David Stone 3 years ago
I think I know something about writing articles. I created a new hub yesterday. HubPages took 24 hours before declaring, in one of their mystery messages, that it was of sufficient quality. You know what? It was too good. I deleted it and will now easily place it elsewhere and earn with it.No...
by Cindy Lawson 5 years ago
How is it that a hub on the 'common mistakes new hubbers make' can suddenly become not featured, in spite of the fact it has had 9 views in a day, 24 views in 7 days and 35 views in the last 30 days? I only replied to comments on it both 42 hours ago and 22 hours ago (from two different hubbers)....
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