Here's a mystery.... I have published 2 hubs in the past week.
The first was a silly poem I dashed off in about 5 minutes--pure fluff, with zero expectations for traffic, earnings, ranking or anything else. It was merely an exercise in overcoming writer's block. I don't think it ranks very high--I don't care--I have no idea as I did not even pay attention.
The second hub was my well-researched (with personal experience backup) article about knee replacement surgery. I worked very hard on it; it took over a week to finish it up and be ready for publication. It hit a ranking of "70" prior to even being published. Once published, it passed the QAP almost immediately, and became featured the same day.
However, it still does not show up in a Google search, and I have had little traffic, whether from inside HP or not, and no comments, whereas the silly piece of fluff poem has generated a lot of traffic and many comments.
This sure seems upside-down and backwards....I cannot suss out what is going on, here.....
It might just be that Google hasn't crawled that Hub, DzyMsLizzy. Have you checked the black box at the top of the Hub to see when it first happened, or if it has happened at all?
I wouldn't worry too much. It isn't initial traffic that counts- what matters is if the Hub is getting regular hits six months in the future.
Can I suggest that a change of the title to
Knee Replacement Surgery Recovery Time: What to Expect
Total Knee Replacement Surgery Recovery Time: What to Expect
may work better. Its tough in the medical arena.
Have a look at Jaaxy (dot) com. It shows that these keywords for a narrower niche, and with more longtail keyword options could help (show green for low competition). The original title is far too popular to every hope to compete in IMO.
Just some suggestions - have a look at Jaaxy or some of the other keyword research tools as they may be helpful.
janderson99-- Thanks for the suggestions. I've never heard of "Jaaxy," so would not have known to look there. However, I'd not make that particular title tweak, as the article is not specifically about recovery time, but the entire process. I will look at some kind of tweak to the title.
If you read some of Google's discussions on Panda, you'll see they specifically mention medicine as one of the areas where they really want to favour "authority" sites - sites which specialize in medicine. The reason for that is that there are far too many medical scammers out there, offering miracle cures for this and that. Unfortunately, it means that "personal experience" articles are tarred with the same brush.
Having said that, my cataract Hub still does pretty well. I agree with the others about the title, and I think you should consider tweaking the article to fit. Perhaps split it into two, so you have one Hub which focusses on the procedure and another which focusses on the recovery.
Think about it. Most people, on the approach to the surgery, are more likely to read the material offered by their surgeon, or simply trust the doctor. It's afterwards, when things aren't proceeding as they expected, or they realise they're not sure what to do, that they go looking for help, Those people don't want to wade through a lot of information about the procedure - been there, done that already.They want to discuss their recovery with someone else who has been through it.
DzyMsLizzy, so sorry to hear about your frustrations after working so hard. I'm sure it hasn't zero to do with the quality of your work. Maybe it's the subject matter; most readers may not be looking for or have interest in knee replacement surgery. What category is it under, Health? I wonder how it would do under Sports. I dunno. I will take a look at it.
Hi again. I read your hub and it's excellent. I also looked under Sports category and that's not an option. But I have one more idea: a title tweak. Try "Knee Replacement Surgery / Athletes and Seniors / Surgery and Recovery" and see what happens. Just a brainstorm. In any case, I think what you've written could be condensed into a pamphlet for sports doctors and orthopedic surgeons to hand to patients. Sounds like a money-maker to me.
Janshares, you are on a roll.
Hi again, janshares,
Thank you very much. Most orthopedic doctors already have their own pamphlets, however, produced by medical professionals that they most likely view as 'better' information.
I posted a comment on the knee replacement Hub this morning -- did it not come through? Maybe there's just a lag in reporting.
It had not shown up when I first logged in around 11:a.m. PDT... but I'll check again...my news feed page is now showing 4 comments....
Dang--no--must be an HP glitch. There were comments from 4 other folks, but yours did not come through. I'm sorry.
your comment still has not come through. I e-mailed team HP about it, and they don't see any bugs on my page, but said that it is hard to track down such a problem by third-person report, and said that you, yourself should report this issue to them, and it would be easier to track down from that end.
Include the name of the hub(s) you tried to comment on, and the date.
Nice melding of the minds with the title change. It looks good. I think it will definitely be found easier now by the search engines.
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