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What should HP staff discuss in the meeting tomorrow?

  1. Writer Fox profile image57
    Writer Foxposted 4 years ago

    What things would you like the staff to discuss in the proverbial Thursday meeting? Here's my list:
    1. How soon can the programmers make an option to 'NoFollow' photo credit links?
    2. Why isn't Hub Score more reflective of search engine traffic numbers?
    3. Is HP planning to adapt to 3D viewing for mobile and tablets for 2014?

    1. cfin profile image82
      cfinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Why is Hub score not only not reflective of search engine traffic, but it is random in the extreme.

      I had a 99. I made improvements. I am now an 86.

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        Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        haha. That happens to me every time I "improve" a hub. Im scared to touch them... they go from being featured to unfeatured in a heartbeat.

        1. cfin profile image82
          cfinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          All of my hubs are featured. If they are unfeatured, I just go in, add a "," and save. Wah-lah, featured hub. It's a joke system.

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            Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

            lol. All of my hubs were featured at one time too. I thought I must certainly have a knack... then when the changes came, they slowly got pulled. I cry at night as I drift off to sleep. sad

          2. erinshelby profile image73
            erinshelbyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Where do you put the quotation mark to make an unfeatured hub featured? In the title? In any part of the article? By itself like this:

            Why do people garden? People garden because blah blah blah " blah blah

        2. Writer Fox profile image57
          Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          I have postponed updating many things on my Hubs for this very reason.  I would rather not improve them than risk some ridiculous Hub Score.

          1. wilderness profile image98
            wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Why?  Are you like Beth and suffer great emotional distress when the hubber score descends into the 80's?  smile

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              Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

              I don't know how long that's gonna hold out. lol

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            Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Yeah, you don't want a ridiculous hubscore! How humiliating that would be. lol

          3. janshares profile image97
            jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            What's up with that anyway? Beth, I've noticed the same regarding drops in hubscores, some drastic, after editing to make the hub better. It is getting worse. It's getting on my nerves. It's as if we're punished for doing the right thing. Whatever HP algorithms. sad

            1. Suzanne Day profile image98
              Suzanne Dayposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              +1. I edited some hubs and hubscore dropped from 97 to 89.

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              Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Jan, how dare you? You're at a 97... you can complain but just for one second, then you have to go back to making the rest of us look bad. lol

    2. Suzanne Day profile image98
      Suzanne Dayposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Can we have a "Home" page like the first page we see when we login to Hubpages and everyone's hubs, forum comments etc are on there? I can't seem to find how to get back to this page, apart from logging out and in again. It might help with hub visiting....

      1. Suzanne Day profile image98
        Suzanne Dayposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        PS - what I really mean is a button for that page.

      2. IzzyM profile image90
        IzzyMposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Click on the big white Hubpages sign top left of every page, next to the search box.

        1. Suzanne Day profile image98
          Suzanne Dayposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          OK, thanks for that tip! Will be using it.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    Don't know as to should, but I can guess as to what.

    1. Thanksgiving week work schedule.
    2. Keeping on the good side of Google.
    3. What the heck to do about mobile advertising revenue.

  3. toptengamer profile image97
    toptengamerposted 4 years ago

    One that isn't talked about enough:

    How to integrate Amazon ads that aren't blocked by AdBlock.

    There are definitely ways to do this and many sites that incorporate similar ads that are not blocked. Considering most other ads will get blocked either way, this is very important for monetization.

    This is a bigger deal than many know and, in my opinion, worthy of discussion.

    1. aa lite profile image93
      aa liteposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      +1 I have once started a thread on this in the "suggest a feature" section, was completely ignored by staff.  Wizzley manages to do it, so it can't be that hard!

      1. toptengamer profile image97
        toptengamerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Yes aa lite - Squidoo manages to do it too

  4. Writer Fox profile image57
    Writer Foxposted 4 years ago

    I forgot to add one of the most important things: When will the programmers incorporate a way to write an Alt Tag for images which is different than the caption?  As it is, we are missing out on many image searches because we can't designate real Alt Tags or we compromise a caption because we are targeting the Alt Tag (which is a bad user experience).

    1. paradigmsearch profile image93
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      +1

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Ok--**tosses in white flag** 
      What's an "Alt tag?"

      1. Writer Fox profile image57
        Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this
        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
          DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you very much, Writer Fox, for that link.  That was most helpful.

          1. paradigmsearch profile image93
            paradigmsearchposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            WF is indeed a keeper. big_smile

  5. janshares profile image97
    jansharesposted 4 years ago

    Any hot topic that keeps hot-popping in the forums without resolution:

    1.   Confusion about HOTD criteria
    2.   Confusion about EC benefits and purpose
    3.   The value of continuing eBay ad capsule if only a few hubbers benefit

    1. Cardisa profile image92
      Cardisaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I am not sure if the last one is correct but I like the two first ideas.

      I believe that in order to really benefit from eBay or Amazon your hubs have to be specific to what you are selling such as review hubs or direct sales hubs. Placing capsules in regular articles will not make you much, if any money. If and when you do place an item in a regular hub, you must recommend the item to the reader which reminds me, I too need to edit some of those hubs and take my own advice!

      1. janshares profile image97
        jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Please tell me if this is what you mean: I have a parenting article where I cite a researcher and put one of her books in an ad capsule close to the paragraph where she is mentioned. Or, I have a recipe hub where I put a specific spice I used in an ad capsule. I do this regularly for most of my hubs. I've recently changed all but one over to all Amazon since eBay has been zero.

        1. Cardisa profile image92
          Cardisaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Yes but you need to tell the reader that, that is your recommendation. I learned that from Relache. I found that the hubs which include a write up of the products gets click through to either eBay or Amazon. The reader doesn't always buy but you never know. Making sales in information and recipe hubs comes by luck because when people are looking for info they aren't necessarily looking to buy. If you want direct sales you must write product hubs.

          1. rebekahELLE profile image88
            rebekahELLEposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            I think it depends on the topic and how it is presented.  Informational hubs certainly produce sales.   I would be more inclined to buy an interesting book after reading about a specific location over buying a cheap spoon I found on a recipe hub.  I would buy the spoon at Target. smile

            1. Cardisa profile image92
              Cardisaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              lol big_smile

            2. janshares profile image97
              jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Good point, rebekahELLE.

          2. janshares profile image97
            jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks, Cardisa. I do have one product hub. I don't know if I got any sales. Embarrassed to say I don't know how to check. Is it under hub metrics?

            1. Cardisa profile image92
              Cardisaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              If you got any eBay sales it will show up on in the bay column of your earnings report. Just click your earning's link and you will see your earning for the last seven days. You can filter that and check for the month.

              To see your overall eBay performance go to Earnings, and in the black box to your left click the eBay sales report.

              1. janshares profile image97
                jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                Oh yes, I see that all the time. I guess what I mean is when I did get eBay earnings, I never knew which hub or product it came from. Same for Amazon. I think it's something in GA that I have not activated yet.

                1. Cardisa profile image92
                  Cardisaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  You can tell which hub the eBay sales came from if you go to the eBay sales page. I can't tell which hub the Amazon sales came fro though.

          3. Will Apse profile image94
            Will Apseposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Absolutely right. You are risking your traffic for no good reason if you throw barely related affiliate links around.

            You will not get many sales but it is easy for Google to decided your page, or your sub is spam.

            1. janshares profile image97
              jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Thanks, Will.

      2. wilderness profile image98
        wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Not necessarily.  Example: if you have a recipe that requires an unusual utensil, preferably a cheap one, you can successfully push that utensil.  You probably won't sell expensive ones as people are not prepared to buy at all, let alone drop $100, but if the recipe is enticing enough to them they might cough up $10.  Raising your Amazon tier and making way more on the expensive stuff sold from a sales hub.

        Just stick a capsule to the side of where you mention that the tool is handy, or that you used it to do such and such, and follow the capsule by a short text capsule, floated right and colored blue along with the amazon capsule, about how great it is.

        I do that with a couple of specialty tools and it has worked pretty well.  One in particular I generally sell a half dozen or so each month - worth the effort to spread amazon capsules and short blurbs about the usefulness of that particular tool through a dozen or more hubs.  Just that one tool, then, nearly gets me from the 4% to the 6% tier.  Now throw in a few $100 items and each one is worth another $2.

        1. Cardisa profile image92
          Cardisaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          You said exactly what I said further down, Wilderness. Just sticking the item alone in there wont do, you have to tell the reader about it.

    2. Victoria Lynn profile image92
      Victoria Lynnposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Is there talk about discontinuing the eBay capsule? I hope not, as quite a few of us can't be Amazon affiliates because of state laws. I make a little bit every month from my eBay capsules and could probably work some more in.

      1. janshares profile image97
        jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        No Victoria, that's just my wish list for the HP meeting, expressing my concern about not getting eBay earnings since the change. I'm sure eBay will stay. smile

  6. Kathleen Cochran profile image84
    Kathleen Cochranposted 4 years ago

    Would love the HP staff give a round of applause to the staff person selecting Hubs of the Day.  The variety and quality have improved by leaps and bounds as far as I'm concerned.  They are still random, luck of the draw, many great hubs never receive this honor - but I think they currently reflect the quality and range of writing on the site better than they have in the past.

    1. LuisEGonzalez profile image88
      LuisEGonzalezposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You mean like the "WTF..." Hub of the day, which Cardisa wisely pointed out?

      1. Kathleen Cochran profile image84
        Kathleen Cochranposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I won't vouch for every one, but I got so tired of nothing but "How To" every day.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
          DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          I don't like titling things with "How To..." myself.. unfortunately, that's how people tend to search for stuff.. "How to fix a broken chair"  "How do I fix a leaky faucet"  "How to read Pig Latin"  etc....
          I have a few titles I was actually advised to CHANGE to "How To..." for better traffic.   sad 
          It irks me, as I'm from old-school print journalism, in which you write a clever "hook" type title.

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            Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

            How to enjoy my awesome poem.

            How to read this hub.

            How to increase my traffic.

            Im going to rename my hubs.

            1. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
              DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              LOL, Beth.

              1. profile image0
                Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

                smile

  7. Faith Reaper profile image90
    Faith Reaperposted 4 years ago

    I hope it is in the works for one to be able to pin, tweet, share on FB and on HubPages hubs from our cell phones.

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      Beth37posted 4 years ago

      I would still like to be able to bookmark hubs when I come across them so that I can read them when I have time. I would also like a way to "like" a post cause I find +1ing things slightly odd.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
        DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Yes--a "like" button here in the forums would be a very good thing!  Thumbs up/down like in the Q&A ...

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      Crimsonfalconposted 4 years ago

      Why don't the staff members start providing better reasons than a few links to a large page of complaints when person's hub is supposedly sub-par. I mean the quality pages and Hubpage complaints are by far the most vague and non-descriptive things I have ever seen online. It really says a lot about your site and your dedication to helping well not helping hubpage members.

    3. cfin profile image82
      cfinposted 4 years ago

      They should discuss how candles were once obsolete and yet now, here we are, buying candles for our homes again at a premium price. Will typewriters eventually rise from the dead and take us all away in our sleeps? sad

      1. ocfireflies profile image80
        ocfirefliesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Candles are really important when you need a quick light.  "[T]ypewriters ris[ing] from the dead"  actually sounds pretty cool.  If I could draw, I would  draw; If I could write, I would write; if I had a sense of humor, then I would put them together and have a clever cartoon.  Smiles.

    4. Will Apse profile image94
      Will Apseposted 4 years ago

      Here is a trumpet to blow for anyone who has lost their own.

      http://www.trinitytrumpet.co.uk/SiteImages/trumpet-2.gif

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        Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Who's blowing their own horn?
        You really enjoy posting pics.

        1. Will Apse profile image94
          Will Apseposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          The guilty know who they are.

          And the pic is nice and shiny. You never need an excuse for a shiny pic.

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            Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Enjoy.

            http://s3.hubimg.com/u/8527498.jpg

            1. Will Apse profile image94
              Will Apseposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Is that the Eye of Sauron? There is shiny and there is retina threatening.

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                Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

                It's the sun. Don't look directly at it.

                1. Will Apse profile image94
                  Will Apseposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                  It is not the sun.

                  http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kwoeqBU-2wY/TPT-ozX_VOI/AAAAAAAAAAw/38I4JYbsbEA/s1600/Margritti+this+is+not+a+pipe.jpg

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                    Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

                    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

                    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/8527523_f248.jpg

                    1. Will Apse profile image94
                      Will Apseposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                      I forgot that you live in the state that exports leaf death to the world.

                      You fiend!

                      Children might look at that picture.

      2. NateB11 profile image95
        NateB11posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        lol

        1. Will Apse profile image94
          Will Apseposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          I'm glad you like my trumpet Nate because it looks as if you could beat me up rather easily.

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            Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

            I could too, but I don't like to brag.

            1. Will Apse profile image94
              Will Apseposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              If you have a black kimono like Nates I might not put up too much of a struggle.

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                Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

                lol

     
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