I have been away from HP for a couple of months. Upon my return, I noticed that a significant number of my hubs are no longer featured due to a lack of traffic. But when I look at the traffic numbers, most of the unfeatured hubs are getting MORE traffic than most of my featured hubs. Can someone enlighten me as to what is going on? What criteria is HP using to unfeature hubs? Why are my unfeatured hubs getting more traffic than my featured hubs?
Hubs get Unfeatured for two reasons: traffic (what they determine is the lack thereof) or quality. HubPages tells you which by using an icon.
Did HubPages feel the traffic or quality was the problem?
Relache, the icon was for traffic. I have a couple of hubs that have been unfeatured for a long time because of low traffic. It's just recently that some of my other hubs were unfeatured for lack of traffic despite rising traffic.
It could be that the traffic is coming from somewhere other than search engines. I had a hub that had gotten over 250 views that month, but they were almost all from Pinterest. It became unfeatured due to traffic. They want the traffic coming from search engines.
I think the unfeatured idea was to get us to update hubs. At the time it was big thing with Google. If you do update them, they become featured again.
Thanks, Barbara. I get twice as many visitors from Pinterest as I do from Google since the last Panda/Penguin updates. I don't have time right now to update hubs, but it's something I need to do. Some of my hubs are 7 years old! Well, I'm glad that not being featured doesn't seem to have hurt my traffic.
The lack of traffic is over a specific time period. So they might have more recent traffic but less over the period measured.
All of my hubs were featured for a long time, at least a year. I had a blog which I mention on my hubs, but it has to do with my niche. I deleted the blog and redirected it to a new site that will entail less work, and yesterday made changes to about 35 hubs to reflect the changed site name. Late last night, all of the hubs are now unfeatured, and I have emails about how I can improve them! They are not spammy, many have been my best hubs, I don't put a lot of Amazon things on them. I think the bots went nuts. I deleted all the emails, and got another batch today. I wrote to the team. Did this happen to anyone else?
Jean, are you up to speed with the new rules about spammy over-promotional hubs? There was a blog post, a forum post and a newsletter that discussed it. The blog post gave examples of what is and what is not acceptable. I think your links may be what is causing the issue. All links must be directly related to the subject of the hub.
Psycheskinner, you may be right. My niche is garden writing which naturally falls off during the winter months. The "unfeaturing" occurred during the late winter/early spring season when my traffic begins to rise as people start thinking about their gardens.
by Faith Reaper3 years ago
I am just curious, all 92 hubs of mine are featured. In your opinion, should one delete (although Featured) any hubs where the score on a particular hub has eventually dropped way down from when it was initially...
by Nathan Bernardo2 years ago
On a different account, somewhat "experimental" account, one of my Hubs is unfeatured. Generally my inclination was to unpublish it and move it or just delete it. But I kept it and put it in a Hub group....
by David Livermore4 years ago
Let me preface this by stating I am not trying to be mean or a troll. In fact, I avoid the forums because I don't want to get involved. But with so many posts about the topics I'm about to discuss, I wanted...
by Shasta Matova22 months ago
It appears that there has been a recent change on my profile page. Underneath the number of published hubs, there is a number of featured hubs. I do not want this to be shown. My ratio of featured hubs...
by TIMETRAVELER219 months ago
Awhile back the team started unfeaturing articles due to lack of traffic. Many here think this is a bad idea, and I agree. Doing this upsets many writers and has nothing to do with quality or how Google...
by Tim Bader2 years ago
Hi,I've got several hubs which have suddenly become un-featured "due to lack of engagement".On the one hand, fair enough, in that they haven't had a lot of traffic, if any, since they were transferred from...
Copyright © 2017 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.