If I unpublish a hub, how long can I keep it unpublished and does unpublishing a hub damage my views?
If you unpublished a Hub, whether it is Featured or not, nobody (save you) will be able to view it. So... I suppose one might call that an action that damages one's page view stats indeed.
The reason I asked is I am wondering if it would help my numbers if I temporarily eliminated a few of my niches to see what would happen to the pageviews of the articles that remain. Do you think this is a good idea or not? I am writing in 7 niches right now!
This is what you and I were discussing in Google+. It will be interesting to see what others say about it. The theory behind it is that having too many niches reduces how Google interprets one's authority on any single niche.
I have the same problem, being that I write hubs in several different categories. So I have been deleting my hubs that didn't fit in with my major niches. So far that didn't hurt any with the total traffic count.
Glenn: Today, after hearing what you had to say about this, I took a new tack. Instead of deleting tons of hubs, I realized I already had started a niche with a very broad directory article. So, I terminated three of my niches and dumped the contents into the the one big one. This, of course, meant relinking everything, getting rid of one or two hubs, creating one or two new ones, etc. I like it much better, even though it now gives me 56 articles within that niche and the niche has 7 divisions within it. I also had to change most of the categories as well. I don't know if this is a fluke or not, but right now my numbers have doubled and I have red arrows all over the place..mostly within that niche! When I checked analytics, the numbers were very definitely there, so this is not from me going in and opening articles, etc. Just thought you might want to know so you could follow along to see the results. I hope those numbers stay up, that's for sure..but I'm not getting my hopes up!
You are definitely putting a lot of effort into this. I did much of the same thing based on what Phoenix has taught us. But I still need to complete the task across all hubs to tie the categories together were appropriate so that Google properly determines our authority in the remaining niches. Looks like you completed the task.
It's good you checked analytics because that is more accurate, since HP's traffic stats include our own editing and is very misleading. Keep us posted on how your traffic is going forward.
Glenn: The day I regrouped my 7 niches into three, my traffic tripled! The next day, it dropped by 2/3! Yesterday it stayed at that level, but with the stats stuck I cannot tell which articles are doing well, if I've hurt myself doing this or whatever. It will have to wait awhile as I'll be out of town and won't have much internet access. I'm hoping things will stabilize, and then I'll know better!
No need to wait for HP stats. Google Analytics shows the traffic to the individual hubs. Just click "Content > Site Content > All Pages" - this is a better report than HP stats as it also shows average time and bounce rate on each hub, among other things.
Have a good trip.
When you read his hubs, Marisa, read through the comments too. That's where we all have been collaborating with one another and with Phoenix. There's a wealth of information there, thanks to additional comments by Phoenix.
I unpublished a hub that is doing very poorly with traffic, and I see no way to improve it In my opinion, it is a good move.
Remember that if you unpublish and Google de-indexes your hub, the age will restart from scratch if you republish.
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