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'Related Hubs' question

  1. Cari Kay 11 profile image94
    Cari Kay 11posted 3 years ago

    I have a question for you.  Is there any way to block hubs on the 'Related Hubs' section? 

    For example, I have a page that talks about my experience with the hCG diet and points out that it is not only dangerous but illegal too.  Then, you scroll down my page and, look, a bunch of hubs are recommended that promote this illegal and dangerous diet.  Is there anything that can be done about that or do I just have to hope they don't make it down that far?

    Thanks smile

    1. Barbara Kay profile image90
      Barbara Kayposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      No, there is no way to do that. A lot of people have been upset about this one.They do give all of us more traffic though. It is just when the odd ball ones show up.

    2. Dressage Husband profile image77
      Dressage Husbandposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      This is a worry as people could be badly directed, maybe HP could ban Hubs promoting certain topics or better allow Hubbers to select the Hubs themselves. This was a feature that we had at Squidoo where the writer could select the lenses they wanted there, only if they left it blank did Squidoo step in and fill it out automatically.

      Hopefully Paul Edmonson will see this thread or one of the HQ staff that may be able to look into this.

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      calculus-geometryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      As Barbara said,  it's a long-standing gripe. not only the unrelatedness, but also the sheer number (now 8, used to be 6, and before that 4.)  But one thing you can do to make sure the list is populated with your own hubs is to write lots of hubs centered around the same topic.  Using titles with similar keywords and placing the hubs int he same category can help too.

      1. DrMark1961 profile image99
        DrMark1961posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        It does not matter how many you write on that topic--HP is not going to put more than 2 of yours on there. The others that HP chooses may be barely related at all.

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    julieannbradyposted 3 years ago

    Cari, I am with you on your thinking as I think sometimes the related hubs aren't the best ones as you have indicated. Like one of the first hubs I visited was about layered salads and one of the related hubs at the bottom was a clothing hub about layering your clothes.

    Hoping to have Paul E. comment. Thanks for asking such a great question.

  3. BritFlorida profile image53
    BritFloridaposted 3 years ago

    In your profile settings, you can blacklist three users. That could help a little, maybe?

    1. Judy Filarecki profile image89
      Judy Filareckiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Are you only blacklisting that Hub or the Hubber themselves?

      1. Cari Kay 11 profile image94
        Cari Kay 11posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        If the hubbers have a few hCG hubs, then maybe I should just blacklist them (can we do that).  I haven't looked at this option yet.  Would be great if we had a bit more control over the hubs that are showcased.  Even if they are not our own, I'd love to be able to pick and choose what best complements my page smile

    2. Writer Fox profile image61
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Using that option will only block Hubbers from appearing in the right column on your Profile page under the title "Others you might like …"

      That option will NOT block those Hubbers' Hubs from appearing in the related Hubs listed at the bottom of a Hub.

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        calculus-geometryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        oops, didn't see you already explained it.

        1. Writer Fox profile image61
          Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          No problem.  The big mystery is how those "Others you might like" are chosen.

          Any ideas on that?

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      calculus-geometryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately the blacklist feature only prevents those three people from showing up on your profile page as "other hubbers you might like" but it doesn't block any other aspect of their existence.  The "others you might like" sidebar thingy is only visible to logged in users.

  4. shellys-space profile image61
    shellys-spaceposted 3 years ago

    Brit gave you the answer I was going to suggest. I just discovered that on my profile page. I also figured out how to showcase hubs I like smile

  5. Cari Kay 11 profile image94
    Cari Kay 11posted 3 years ago

    Oooh, how are you showcasing the hubs you like?

  6. LindaSmith1 profile image62
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    You can do it with text links.
    You can Use link capsule.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image90
      Barbara Kayposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You are still going to have the related hubs show up even if you add your own. I've tried this on several hubs.

  7. LindaSmith1 profile image62
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    Barbara: Unfortunate, but true.  I wish HP would get rid of them,  but apparently they won't since this has been discussed in forums over and over.

  8. shellys-space profile image61
    shellys-spaceposted 3 years ago

    Cari Kay: To showcase your favorite hubs, edit your profile, at the bottom is this information:
    In the Spotlight
    Select up to 6 Hubs to showcase at the top of your profile. These Hubs must include a photo that is at least 200x150 pixels.

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    julieannbradyposted 3 years ago

    Yes, I just found that related hubs to add to your profile feature the other day! Nice. By the way, on the tangent about "Unfortunately the blacklist feature only prevents those three people from showing up on your profile page as "other hubbers you might like" but it doesn't block any other aspect of their existence." Another "unfortunately" as for me, the blacklist feature is not functioning as stated, but the very name in my blacklist list keeps showing up in the "other hubbers you might like." How about that?

    1. Writer Fox profile image61
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      When you entered the names, did you scroll all the way down in the Editing screen and save the changes?

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    julieannbradyposted 3 years ago

    WriterFox, yes indeed I did and when I came back to double check, the first time they appeared again in the recommendations, it was there. Very odd stuff!

    1. Writer Fox profile image61
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Refresh the page a couple of times.  I just added a name to mine yesterday and it worked.

 
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