I'm trying to decide what to do with some of my 'unfeatured" hubs, which don't get much engagement. I have 2 series, one on 'how to write a great hub" the other on a organic CSA farm. I'm thinking of unpublishing one of the series and combining and rewriting the individual hubs to be just one. Then after a while doing the same to the other.
Do you think this would cause things to be "duplicated" in the eyes of google/HP?
is there a better way to do this?
Your series on "how to write a great Hub" is never likely to be Featured, because it's only of interest to other Hubbers, and we're a very small community.
I have a few "how to Hub" Hubs which are Featured, but only because I've put them in my slider, and I'm also very active on the forums helping Hubbers out, which leads to them looking at my profile and therefore seeing them. Before I put them on the slider, they were unFeatured.
If your individual Hubs on the CSA farm are over 400 words, then I wouldn't bother combining them. Several interlinked 400 word Hubs are just as likely to get traffic as one huge one - and you get more chances to catch Google's attention with a unique title for each one (even though it's a series, it's a bad idea to repeat the same title with Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc - Google sometimes interprets the repeated words as a sign of keyword stuffing or article spinning).
Do make sure they all contain links to each other (don't just rely on the Groups feature to get readers to move between them). A highlighted links box, floated right, is a good way to do it.
Danette, I'm suffering from the same problem! I am taking an hour (atleast) everyday to improve my unfeatured hubs. I typically add more content and other things that will engage the readers. I'm currently trying to combine some poetry hubs because a poem on its on does not generate much traffic. In my opinion, if you delete your hub series and condense it into a single hub, I do not see how hubpages or google would see this as duplicating content. That is basically what I am doing as well. Good luck!
I think that too much preoccupation with what Google are doing does not benefit your writing, Google will do what they will do and I think it a waste of energy trying to second guess what is in their algo and how that will percolate down. Also Google is not the only Search player with the market spilt approx 65% in their favour. (you could look at Comscore.com http://goo.gl/XtWzw if you want to see the Search wars scores)
Personally I think the entire idea of Featured hubs is flawed although at the same time I appreciate that Hubpages will endeavour to act in the best interests of the community and the authors. IMHO the Hot, Best Latest with scores was a much better way of categorising Hubs to help readers choose. I have never been that keen on overt editorial control, if I want that I will go and work for a newspaper.
Publish or Unpublish? well you have to be really objective about the quality since if the Article is not getting traffic that tells you something. I had about 240 Hubs here and a lot of them were in the doldrums. I unpublished 150 of them and am slowly adding them back, after I have spent a good deal of time improving them.
In order to help with this I graded them into 4 Star, 1 Star, No Star. I am focusing on the 4 Star first and then perhaps the 1 Star but the No Star I will probably delete eventually. Except you have to remember that when you delete you lose that aggregate traffic count. (I've learned that the hard way)
One thing I have found very useful is Google Trends http://www.google.com/trends/ - you are limited to a number of searches here unless you have a Google/Gmail account. Ideally you should also be using Google Webmaster tools since then your url here is verified, one Google account will give you access to all this. Here is the HB How To http://goo.gl/eVyg2
You can run the searches in Trends, see the traffic index, not actual search numbers, then when you have narrowed down your terms you could use the Keyword tool to get real good detail.
Assuming you have done all this then you are in a much better position to decide. Your own subjective ranking will have allowed you to categorise your Hubs into The Good, The Bad and the Ugly :-) Trends will give you an idea of external search demand and Adwords will give you specific numbers.
In the final analysis I believe it is more important to focus on what one is writing and to find a niche that can be worked upon since that will bring rankings and traffic and $$ in the long term. Really anyone who wants to make a lot of cash quick would be better writing songs. :-)
Just to be clear, if something's published and featured, I wouldn't unpublish it to combine it with unfeatured material. If you want to combine info, unpublilsh the unfeatured hubs and edit the published ones to combine information.
Maybe that's your intention, but wanted to clarify. Your published hubs are slowly gaining ranking with Google, so editing is fine, but you don't want to mess that up by unpublishing them.
by Faith Reaper 7 years ago
I am just curious, all 92 hubs of mine are featured. In your opinion, should one delete (although Featured) any hubs where the score on a particular hub has eventually dropped way down from when it was initially high at one point? Or would it be better to just unpublish and later...
by Mary Hyatt 6 years ago
Do you think it is better to unpublish seasonal Hubs? They won't get traffic during the year, so I'm wondering if it would be better to unpublish those until the next season. I am thinking about Christmas Hubs I have written.
by Robert P 23 months ago
I have a few hubs that I wrote about 10 years ago when I first started writing on hubpages that are not very good. They are pretty thin on content and get little or no traffic now. Some of them have even been unpublished due to lack of traffic or for quality. I am not disputing that they are not...
by Liz Elias 4 years ago
I have a series of 3 hubs on a topic. I originally labeled them as parts I,II and III.However, I have since learned that such a device is not to the liking of either HP or Google.I started to edit them, one at a time, and found some awkwardness (I must have written while I was tired), and...
by David Livermore 7 years ago
Let me preface this by stating I am not trying to be mean or a troll. In fact, I avoid the forums because I don't want to get involved. But with so many posts about the topics I'm about to discuss, I wanted to put in my two cents and to offer a reality check to old and new hubbers...
by Missing Link 2 years ago
I'm thinking the answer is probably yes?If you have hubs that have been deemed "not featured", for one reason or another, will that factor into lowering your overall score/rating as a HubPages member? Example--let's say your overall rating is 75. If 10 non featured hubs become...
Copyright © 2021 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|