Even though I published my first hub a couple years ago, I haven't been active here until recently. I have a question for those with more experience. When you have a hub that gets labeled as editor's choice, does it generally do better, since it loses the subdomain?
I wasn't sure if it would be good or bad for the hub.
I only have one hub that was chosen as an Editors Choice. It is one of my worst performing hubs, attracting almost no traffic. So for me there has been no advantage to an Editors Choice hub.
Some do, and some do not - it depends. You must take into account the traffic, the ratings, the content of the Hub, the weather, luck...
Some of mine do better than they probably would as stand alones. Others aren't doing anything.
An Editor's Choice designation can be revoked, so I've always felt it as more an indication of potential, but only if I maintain it.
You can opt out of the Editors Choice program by editing your Profile and checking the box for that.
One thing you might not realize is that the URL of your Hub is changed, which means it goes through a 301 redirect. If it loses the EC status, which can happen, then the URL changes again and it is given another 301 redirect.
For people transferring work from Squidoo, this can mean one redirect too many for search engines.
People here have reported that good traffic to Hubs has tanked at least temporarily when their Hubs were chosen for EC.
I opted out.
After reading multiple discussions about the Editor's Choice program, I took a closer look at my lone EC hub. Like many other hubbers' experiences, the traffic tanked after it was chosen and the URL changed. After a few months, traffic returned but nowhere near the level it was prior to becoming an Editor's Choice. I'm wondering now if I should opt out of the program in hopes that after yet another URL change, the traffic on this hub will recover.
Some people say their traffic increased by having EC hubs, some saw no change, and some say their traffic declined. It's hard to predict what the effect will be, and unfortunately you'll only ever know by giving it a try. Once you opt in, you have to stay opted in for at least 60 days.
Here are some discussions about it
Being curious, I opted in for a while and all my hubs that were selected as EC took a nose dive. I opted out after the 60 days were up and then their traffic recovered. Your mileage may vary!
It didn't work for me. I received 6 but then opted out. It's been a year and a half since I've been out.
Edit: Wait. When did it start? Winter of 2013? Okay, so it's been almost a year.
If I had opted out after just 60 days, I would not have seen any difference.
Editor's Choice was announced in early August 2013. I've had Hubs in it the whole time and I think it has helped my overall traffic.
by Peg Cole 3 years ago
I make it a habit to count my EC hubs just to make sure none have gone missing. (OCD) This morning I was surprised to see one of mine lost its designation overnight. There were no edits to it and it still has the same 70 comments and 42 original pictures of a method and a recipe. The only...
by Lena Kovadlo 3 years ago
I had 11 Editors Choice hubs. I noticed today that I only have 10 of them now. I don't remember exactly which hub lost the EC status but I have a feeling it might be a hub that has become unfeatured due to engagement. If an EC hub becomes unfeatured due to engagement does it lose EC status? And if...
by Catherine Giordano 3 years ago
My "Inside the Beehive" hub just got the "Editor's Choice" award. After reading the posts about Editor's Choice, I feel like it is like getting the key to the city. It is a great honor, but it's not good for any thing. It doesn't even show up on my profile...
by Christy Kirwan 13 months ago
HP Staff has made the decision to retire the Editor’s Choice program. Editor’s Choice articles were high-quality pieces that were hand-selected by staff to receive special recognition on HubPages. However, with the success of the HubPages Network Sites, we feel our resources are much better...
by Kristine McAdams 4 years ago
I had a hub that was receiving around 1,300-1,500 views per day. It was chosen as Editor's Choice. It then dropped by about 1,000 views per day. I opted out of the program, but that hub is no longer showing in Google for the keywords that brought it all the traffic before EC messed it up. How can I...
by Carolee Samuda 3 years ago
So I'm replying to a comment on my hub and upon scrolling through the hub (I always check for errors or how I can improve), I see the related hubs section. There are five hubs there including one of mine. What immediately got my attention is that the other four hubs has "editors choice"...
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