Editor's Choice

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  1. mary615 profile image82
    mary615posted 10 years ago

    I'm just curious to see if you have Editor's Choice Hubs, and if so, is the traffic any better on those??  I opted out in the very beginning of this feature, but I'm wondering now if I made a mistake. 
    I know I can't make a change for a while.  Any ideas??

    1. ChristinS profile image38
      ChristinSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Many of mine are EC and the views and earnings are going up steadily. I was worried at first because there was an initial drop, but that corrected itself and it's been increasing ever since.  I'm continuing to cross my fingers that this will be a long-term thing.  I have in the neighborhood of 70 EC hubs. My other hubs that are not EC are still getting traffic too, but I get a lot of social media traffic more than Google to those, so I really can't speculate what Google will do to the sub-domains.

    2. Faith Reaper profile image83
      Faith Reaperposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Mary, all of my 91 hubs are featured, but do not have any Editor's Choices.  There was an email that they were slowly getting around to giving more and placing an accolade too on one's profile.  Wow, 70 EC up there to ChristinS, how interesting.

      1. ChristinS profile image38
        ChristinSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        They are still going through all of them and the process will take some time. Not sure in what order they are going through them.

    3. DrMark1961 profile image94
      DrMark1961posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Mary I have seen inceasing traffic on about 1/3 of them. It is always impossible to know what change is responsible for a traffic change but I thought I would give it at least until October before opting out of the program. I think it is worth trying.

  2. thumbi7 profile image61
    thumbi7posted 10 years ago

    No Editor's choice till now.

  3. Barbara Kay profile image73
    Barbara Kayposted 10 years ago

    None of mine have been chosen yet. Either they are slow or don't like my hubs.

  4. rfmoran profile image71
    rfmoranposted 10 years ago

    I guess I should be flattered that I have recently received seven out of 146 hubs as Editor's Choice, but I haven't noticed any increase in traffic.

  5. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 10 years ago

    Hi, Mary! Some of my ECs are up, a few are down, but most are unchanged. I'm going to give it a little more time.

  6. Nitin Pillai profile image60
    Nitin Pillaiposted 10 years ago

    Even though my hubs haven't been selected, I have seen many threads popping out on how traffic is improving slowly on Editor's Choice Hubs.

  7. skear profile image93
    skearposted 10 years ago

    I have 3 EC hubs so far on this account.  They've seen a slight increase in traffic since being selected but overall those hubs were already doing quite well before they were selected as EC hubs.

  8. Will Apse profile image88
    Will Apseposted 10 years ago

    I got a few more EC hubs recently and I was pleased to see some commercial pages get the nod, which I had more or less given up expecting.

  9. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

    No Editor's Choice nods for me yet. Sigh. (*kicks rock*)

  10. missolive profile image60
    missoliveposted 10 years ago

    Hi Mary,
    Yes, the majority of my Editor's Choice hubs have increased in traffic, I have also noticed they are crawled more frequently. Plus, I'm up $20 in HP ads this month compared to last month ($ still 50% below last year). Needless to say, I am going to continue tweaking and improving the remaining hubs and hopefully they will eventually get included.

    I'll go ahead and add, I may not publish as often, but I'm supportive of HubPages' intentions. I'm pretty confident they are doing their research when it comes to these moves...nothing is foolproof, not everyone will be happy (or agree) and the online world is forever evolving. Online writers need to accept writing platforms will experience and promote changes; Google is going to acclimate to trends and is constantly developing ways to sort out content. Seriously, I can't even begin to imagine all the things HubPages is having to sort through right now (aside from gripes)...much less the madness over at Google. It is mind boggling!! yikes

    Not to over simplify but can you imagine? ...Soooo dude, what do you do for a living? Oh, I organize quality for the World Wide Web...DOH!

    ---uh....ahem....steps off soap box...---- big_smile

    Back to EC traffic - it has been a moderate increase of about 100 - 200 (more) views a day. Also, school has started and my education hubs have started to gather their usual school year fuel - yay! I think it is important to note, most of my education hubs are not identified as Editor's Choice, they are on my subdomain. It does not appear to me that my subdomain hubs have lost visibility or credibility by being separate from the primary HubPages domain (a common forum topic).

    You asked for ideas, I'm no pro but this is my contribution...
    - Keep tweaking  and editing (I can't tell you how many mistakes I still find) yikes
    - Your  titles and subtitles are searchable. Search-ability does evolve on the search engines. Also, summaries are a valuable search tool, consider adding searchable phrases that are not in your title or sub-titles to your summaries. Remember, search trends on your topics will change over time, research and tweak as needed.
    - Find and join social network groups related to your topics, the quality of your sharing can improve dramatically. Hubber related groups are great for support and networking, but topic related groups (non writers) will help you reach a wider audience that is specifically interested in your content. Plus, it can greatly improve organic traffic when topic specific communities begin to share and you consequently build your back-links through natural public sharing.
    - Use a hash tag to identify your primary topic / main idea when sharing a hub on social networks. #recipe #health
    - Evaluate your hubs from the reader's perspective. Ask yourself... Is my content supporting my title and subtitle? Am I providing the information my reader initially searched for? And the tough one... Why are readers clicking away? Gulp!
    - Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest..... Beautiful and informative images will make your hub "pinable". I get more traffic from Pinterest over any other social network. We live in a visual world. I'm still working my way through mine and boy can it be time consuming.

    Mary, I hope I helped answer your questions and original post. I got a bit long winded there big_smile it felt great to write! The online world is FAR from concrete...change happens and only time will tell if the Editor's Choice was truly a good move. I'm happy with it.

    Good luck to all! MO smile

    "Turn wounds into wisdom"

    1. ChristinS profile image38
      ChristinSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      +11111 excellent advice smile

      1. missolive profile image60
        missoliveposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you Christin! smile

    2. Faith Reaper profile image83
      Faith Reaperposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi missolive,

      Thanks for all of the great and useful advice here.  Yes, I do share all on Pinterest too and try to be as visual and creative as possible.  Constantly tweaking one's hubs must be the key, and, although, it is so time-consuming indeed, obviously necessary.  Have a great weekend, Faith Reaper

      1. missolive profile image60
        missoliveposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Faith Reaper, tweaking is never ending. As for my weekend....I'm naming colored Popsicle sticks after my students, great for randomization techniques in my classroom. Whoa my eyes! Haha
        I hope you are having an awesome weekend.

        1. Faith Reaper profile image83
          Faith Reaperposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          You are so creative, MO, and whoa your eyes on that project indeed!  Yes, wonderful weekend.  Thank you.

    3. mary615 profile image82
      mary615posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks missolive for your input and advice.  I have tweaked and edited until I get a headache.  I have a lot of respect for your opinion.  Thanks.

  11. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
    DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years ago

    In my extended break/absence from writing, I guess I missed something.  Was this a strictly opt in/opt out program, or automatic unless you opted out?

    I've not had any hubs chosen, and I'm not sure I will.   I'm wondering how this is different than HOTD picks?  I would think they'd both have the same/similar criteria....

    1. ChristinS profile image38
      ChristinSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It's automatic unless you opt out. They are hand selecting a certain number of hubs to feature on the primary domain. The belief being that if they put the best hubs on the primary domain it will increase traffic / favor with Google I imagine. The process of selecting them is still ongoing - they have many more weeks yet from what I understood from the latest email.

      I am not sure what the difference is with HOTD pick criteria and EC's. That's an interesting question...

  12. janshares profile image92
    jansharesposted 10 years ago

    Hi Mary, I don't have any EC hubs, opted out in the beginning to see what happens. I figured it didn't matter if I did it later, which gives me more time to edit those that needed it and to write more.

    Because we can opt in or out, I don't think either decision is bad or good. We cannot predict how the traffic wind will blow anyway so it's all good, now or later. Regarding traffic and earnings, I have lately seen things improving and remain hopeful, even without EC hubs.

    1. mary615 profile image82
      mary615posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      janshares.  I felt the same way you did.  I felt I needed more time to improve my Hubs before they got checked, so I opted out.  My traffic remains fairly well (although earnings are down).

  13. Weldon Jewellers profile image59
    Weldon Jewellersposted 10 years ago

    great advice up higher from missolive, i haven't had any ECs yet, but i'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen one day smile

  14. profile image0
    Bob Bambergposted 10 years ago

    Hi Mary,

    I've got 138 featured hubs and no ECs.  I don't pay much attention to all that stuff.  I just like to write and converse via the comment streams and forum posts.

    1. mary615 profile image82
      mary615posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I love your attitude, Bob!

      1. profile image0
        Bob Bambergposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Mary.  For me, it's all about the HP community.  Early on, I was conscious of hub scores, hubber score, accolades, etc., but the scores have never made much sense to anybody, from what I read.

        It's fun, and a creative outlet, to put a hub out there and to read other hubs.  You lean stuff, teach stuff, and have interesting conversations along the way.  It's a rush to have cyberfriends all over the world.

        1. Nitin Pillai profile image60
          Nitin Pillaiposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Bob Bamberg, you have a wonderful attitude. I think EC hubs are a great for a temporary increase in traffic though, but maybe the increased traffic will diminish to original levels after some time.

          1. profile image0
            Bob Bambergposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you, Nitin Pillai.  It would be a compliment to have a hub selected as an Editor's Choice, but I believe the key to increased traffic is the hub, itself.  I recently wrote a hub on a hot button issue...Breed Specific Legislation...which got nearly 1300 page views in one day; the most ever for me.  All you have to do is touch a nerve, but the hard part is finding that nerve.

            1. Writer Fox profile image33
              Writer Foxposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              I opted out of Editor's Choice.  I just read your great Hub and, if I were you, I wouldn't want the URL changed.  That Hub is succeeding perfectly just as it is.  Good job!

              1. profile image0
                Bob Bambergposted 10 years agoin reply to this

                Thank you, Writer Fox.  I don't have much of an aptitude for the techie stuff (and I have a son who is a senior software engineer...go figure) so I don't know what an URL change would do.  Frankly, I don't much care, either.  A lot of people have read that hub, and it got over 1k "likes" on Facebook, which I guess must be a good thing.  Those matter to me more than scores and accolades.  Thank you for the kind words.

            2. janshares profile image92
              jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              Bob, you're a hubber with great wisdom and attitude. Will have to visit you soon. smile

              1. profile image0
                Bob Bambergposted 10 years agoin reply to this

                Thank you, janshares, I greatly appreciate your compliment.

        2. psycheskinner profile image84
          psycheskinnerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          ECs aren't like all those imaginary numbers because they change the url your hub is on.  That will either be good or bad, but not neutral.

          1. Will Apse profile image88
            Will Apseposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Strangely, for me it does seem pretty neutral so far. But then over two thirds of my pages were in the main domain until recently, courtesy of Google's mysterious reassignment. So, not much of a shock for them.

  15. tillsontitan profile image82
    tillsontitanposted 10 years ago

    I have some EC hubs but didn't pay attention to whether or not they get more traffic or are increased in traffic.  I was just happy to see the EC box next to some.  I guess I need to pay better attention to things like that!
    Writing hubs and being friends with people like you have been more important to me.  (Guess I'll never have the Trump fortune.)
    Also since the EC is relatively new I thought I'd wait a bit to see where its going.

  16. profile image56
    klaw1posted 10 years ago

    Hi there I am new I need help with creating a website and video game sprites. Can anyone help me with this?


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