It has been suggested by many others that a temporary hold be placed on hubs published by new hubbers until a quality assessment (by a real person) can be performed on the first 10 hubs. In that time, it is easily determined if a person has the spelling, grammar usage and comprehension of the English language to become a writer on a high caliber site like HubPages. Otherwise, we keep fighting the same battles of poor quality.
Peg, I haven't been following all the discussions, but that "temporary hold" suggestion appears to be the "Boot Camp" process that's already built into Hubpages. It was added back in April.
It's performed on the first five hubs instead of the first ten, but otherwise seems to be exactly what's been suggested.
I haven't been using this site long enough to really comment on what I would get rid of, but I know one thing I'd like to see! How 'bout a real Home Page? If I was designing this site, I'd have a Home Page with some kind of logo or design depicting what Hub Pages is about, with a clear and concise explanation or description of HubPages and its purpose and/or mission (you know... kind of a "mission statement"). It would include a drop-down menu or tabs that would take you to places like The Learning Center, the Forums, Q & A, a section for the Hubs, your Account page and profile, etc. I know there is a menu, of sorts, but I think the Learning Center, for example, is a really important place to get to, and unless you're searching through the Help Section where you can only find it mentioned within a paragraph, it may take awhile to find it. The site doesn't really have a place that's dedicated to telling you about HubPages itself. In short, it needs some kind of an introduction. You have to spend a lot of time browsing the site just to figure out where everything is. It's kind of hard to get around in. It could use an improved and simplified format. Just my opinion, of course...
Getting rid of the deceptive scrolling "related search" ads, which put any reader off our domains.
Unrelated links are killing traffic - SO
## Dump Discover More Hubs - or dump those that are unrelated (reduce to 2)
## Dump Related Search Ads
## Dump the hard wired Topic Pages - Replace them with internal Google searches - this would make the subdomains more independent and so less prone to Google squats
## Dump the hard wired "best", "latest", "hot" Pages - Replace them with internal Google searches - this would make the subdomains more independent and so less prone to Google squats
## Unpublish all hubs that don't pass QAP - leaving them UNINDEXED is a nice idea, BUT Google takes months to remove them from the index and so they remain as effective reputation killers, despite the NOINDEX tag
## Unpublish all unfeatured HUBS after 15 days - tough but needed as Google takes too long to deindex pages with the NOINDEX Tag - OR apply a quota of 15 only unfeatured hubs per domain
Provide detailed QAP scores for the 3 criteria - GET REAL tell it like it is. Help people to provide what HP wants by providing feedback on what works and what does not - Remove the blindfold. High jumping is hard enough, but being blindfolded makes it impossible.
FYI - the new system has already made a huge impact on overall site quality. I am very much in favor of it, and it's good to see HP creating ways to increase rankings on the site.
@ Marcy - the problem is that Google is not seeing the quality improvements on HP because it is not de-indexing the unfeatured pages fast enough. To quote Paul E
http://pauledmondson.hubpages.com/hub/W … ogle-Panda
"Another unknown is how long it takes for Google to drop pages out of the Panda equation after they're removed. Perhaps sites like us have done enough and just need to wait it out. We have 1.9 Million pages showing as indexed in our Webmaster Tools account, but only about 600K that should be. Clearly Google isn't dropping the pages quickly."
by Robert P 5 years ago
I have been hub hopping lately and I am disgusted with the incoherent garbage that I am coming across - nothing but poorly translated articles of about 400 words, usually without even any formatting. I would say that more than half of the articles I randomly encounter are clearly nothing but spun...
by Kim Kennedy 7 years ago
Is it really viable to let anyone and everyone join HubPages? As hubs are now quality checked, why not make the first hub a test to see if they can join. It is obvious from hub hopping that people with little writing ability are publishing hubs. Surely they could be denied access to further...
by Steve Andrews 7 years ago
When it was first introduced I was annoyed by it but made an effort to tweak my hubs to get them out of Idle status. Now, a whole load have got zzs against them again and many of them are hubs that at one point were very successful and even now still have scores above 70 or higher.One of the hubs...
by Will Apse 7 years ago
In his hub 'What We Don't Know About Google Panda?', Paul Edmondson points out that Google seems to expect sites to leap high above any bar that might reasonably be set for quality purposes.Paul seems less than happy with Google's attitude. He seems to think that if a page can somehow limp over...
by topclass 7 years ago
Many good quality pages are Idled (become unfeatured) via ‘Analysis of the how engaged readers are with a Hub over an extended period of time’ – essentially because they get low traffic.It appears that this process was initiated to reduce the number of ‘low quality’ pages on the site. The concept...
by Mike Craggs 9 years ago
From a new post on Google's Webmaster blog: Would you trust the information presented in this article?Is this article written by an expert or enthusiast who knows the topic well, or is it more shallow in nature?Does the site have duplicate, overlapping, or redundant articles on the same...
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