Not sure if this is the right place to bring this up, as I *think* they're considered ads but I'm not sure.
A couple of my hubs have very odd "related searches" which are not at all related to the article. For instance my Death Card hub has weight loss, dog training and pregnancy and my Dictionary Lover's hub has several for weight loss.
One would think the algorithm that place those would be able to see that one page was about the Tarot and the other about dictionaries.
You're correct, they are ads. And not only are they not "related" and not actual "searches" but the revenue from these ads is not shared with authors.
We started complaining about it over a year ago and nothing has changed, and most likely nothing will change, unfortunately.
Here is the 11-page forum thread on the matter that management finally responded to. (There are numerous other threads on the topic, but none with as much input from management)
by Bestedex 5 years ago
by Dr. John Anderson 5 years ago
Today, via an email from staff, HP has revealed that"The revenue from the Related Searches ads is not shared"These groups of RSS style adense ads appear down the right side, and the bottom of all hubs, irrespective of whether the ad program is tuned off or on. They first appeared on hubs...
by Dana Ayres 4 years ago
Why do my "related searches" have nothing to do with my hub subject matter?If there is a way to fix this, I would like to know.
by Juliette Kando FI Chor 5 years ago
We lost the keyword feature but now a list of HP chosen keywords appears as "Related Searches" in the side bar & at the bottom of Hubs. I believe that these so called "related searches" are actually links to Adsense & HP ads. I daren't click on them on my own pages...
by Marina 4 years ago
Be sure to read about it in today's blog post! Update: The launch has been pushed back to after Thanksgiving weekend. Update (12/4/14): The latest update can be found here.
by God is in kitchn2 5 years ago
HubPages' staffs seem reluctant to come to the forums."Request to HP STAFF to address the RS Ads Issue"http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/114217#post2430205Silence is Golden. . .The "Related Seaches" Scandal continues...
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