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.
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