I am currently revamping and revitalizing my old hubs. So far, I have revamped and updated 174 out of my 345 old hubs. What about you?
My goodness...is that YOU? WOW...shows you what some revamping can do, huh??
I think revamping has to be done VERY judiciously.
As GalleryofGrace says, if a Hub is getting good traffic, you could easily spoil its success - unless you first analyse what keywords and phrases are attracting the traffic, and take care not to delete any of them. Or to dilute them by adding less relevant material
For Hubs that aren't getting traffic, first you have to assess the reason. If it's because you've written a bad Hub, of course it's worth revamping. If it's because no one is searching for that topic in the first place, or because there are already thousands of articles on that topic better than yours, then there's absolutely no point.
The other issue is that as soon as you edit a Hub, it goes straight into QAP again, so there's a risk it may become unFeatured. If it's getting traffic, it may not be a good idea to risk that.
Luckily I don't have that many hubs. I only have about 20 and I am updating them now with better content. Last time I did was nearly a year ago.
I am done with tweaking and improving.
I have had a couple recently that became unpublished. I changed the title on one and have removed the other for using elsewhere.
HP was my first real go at writing online, I'm grateful for that - learnt a lot. Not enough but a start.
Now I'm going to put some time in on other things to be able to compare results here and elsewhere. I want to write where I get the most traffic and money. Seems sensible to experiment a bit.
I'll be interested to see your results and hope you will share them. I started revamping last November and continue to do so regularly. My numbers are not great, but as I add good hubs and see they are doing well, I dump those that simply are not performing...this year alone I dumped more than 100! The result has been that I am earning a little more but mostly am avoiding the roller coaster ride from Google's updates...and I have a body of work that is slowly becoming something of quality. I, too, have learned a lot here, but I have no intentions of leaving. I love HP...even with all of its problems.
I will share my results. I think another three months will give me a good idea. I dumped nearly 200 hubs over the last year. They were rubbish, non searchable - so not a problem.
It is good to work on your pages, make them better. I am just not seeing the reward in terms of traffic improvement. In fact my traffic and income is less now than last year.
So I will leave my hubs that don't get QAPped here and they are a marker as to what is happening with HP and Google.
I love HP too - great fun - but I need more than fun.
I added some photos to a few of my hubs and instead of helping them, Google put me farther down in the search. It isn't always a good idea.
None, or at least very few. (There's a couple with outdated info that I need to update).
I appreciate a site with this bargain: "If your pages are successful, we leave 'em alone. If they're not getting any visitors or interaction, eventually, we reserve the right to noindex them. Feel free to rework the duds if you want to give them another chance."
I have over 600 articles on different sites now. I am sick of having to revamp over and over and over to satisfy mindless algorithms. Certainly, there are some topics that require constant rewrites and updates to stay abreast of topical news. But there is still scope for the old style of publishing, in which books, articles and other written material are published, read, and judged on their merits, without the expectation that they're a process rather than a product.
I can't write new content if I have to devote all my energies to renovating old content. As it is, most of my hubs are drawing enough traffic to remain featured, and my traffic is increasing. I average about 1000 visits a day on about 100 hubs. I trust that that's sufficient for HP to leave me in peace and find my own way to pursue an online writer's vocation.
I only have 49 hubs, all featured but I am constantly tweaking to try to improve them and increase organic traffic. I don't know how much is too much and when to leave well-enough alone. It seems to help a little but not in a viral way. Maybe it takes more than a year (as I have read in forums) for hubs to season and really take off. I haven't been here a year yet so I may need to have more patience and let them mature. But I also don't want to get unfeatured. It's hard to weigh what to do sometimes.
There's really no need to worry about Hubs being unFeatured. All you have to do is check your Account page regularly. If a Hub gets unFeatured, it will take several days for it to drop out of the search results - plenty of time for you to edit and improve it.
Time spent trying to prevent unFeaturing is wasted effort because it may never happen.
Thanks for that perspective, Marisa. I will leave well-enough alone and stop obsessing. If you have a moment, please take a look at my titles and tell me if I need to let them alone.
I had a look at a few. I think it's unlikely your Hubs would be unFeatured for low quality, as they are a good length with a good variety of content.
I'd say some may be at risk of being unFeatured for lack of traffic, because you write on topics which aren't searched for much. No amount of editing will improve traffic if that's the case. The only thing that might work is to create a Made for Pinterest image for each one.
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