Anyone likes the new spammy layout?

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  1. Be Like Water profile image77
    Be Like Waterposted 3 years ago

    Effort by hubpages to increase traffic, but the new design is kind of spammy. Look at the sidebar; of course the reader's going to think the related are from the same author and click on them, only to end up on someone else's article. We can't even turn it off or change it.
    The sidebar is supposed to be for other articles by the author. Since we all have separate sub-domains, and since this is not a content mill, our sub-domains are like separate blogs. We should control what is displayed on our hubs.
    We can disable ads if we want to but not the related hubs. Other hubs by the author are text links.
    Besides, I don't think it'll help with the SEO. Too many links. I liked the old layout.
    Are they still working on the social media share buttons? I don't see them.

    1. relache profile image85
      relacheposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You might find it useful to understand that not only does Google absolutely consider this a content mill, the site itself does not identify as a blog site.

      You get to control the content that you create, and nothing else here.  If you want to control your own content, AND the ads and layout and interlinking strategies, you need to move your content to your own site.

      1. Be Like Water profile image77
        Be Like Waterposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I have my own sites, but the SEO here is better. I want to get more readers to my blogs through Hubpages.

        And regarding the content mill thing, we have separate domains. That helps with SEO.
        I know interlinking strategies are to improve traffic, but what we had before was better.

    2. Maina Ndungu profile image95
      Maina Ndunguposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I like the idea of 3 hubs from the same author. But taking away the thumbnails and the grouping feature is not good in my opinion.

      1. Be Like Water profile image77
        Be Like Waterposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        They took away the grouping feature? I didn't know that.

        1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
          Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          There's a bug that is affecting the grouping feature. It should be fixed soon. It's not something we've removed permanently. smile

          1. Be Like Water profile image77
            Be Like Waterposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            What about the social media share buttons?

            1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
              Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              I believe Marina addressed that issue in her thread about the change.

              1. Be Like Water profile image77
                Be Like Waterposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Half of the people aren't going to see the share buttons.

                1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
                  Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                  The vast majority of internet users have screens that fit within the required dimensions. Only a very tiny percent of readers will not see them.

                  1. Writer Fox profile image52
                    Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                    I don't think it is a tiny percentage.  Other websites can figure out how to design so that their pages display well on all screens.  HP used to know that, too.  Is it because Jay Reitz left?

                  2. Be Like Water profile image77
                    Be Like Waterposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                    By the way, what's the point in having share buttons to the side? People will only share after they're done reading. I still think they should be at the end. As a reminder to share after they're done reading. You see, our brain adjusts to images we don't want to see and are distracting by blinding us to them, like ads, so the same thing will happen to the share buttons.

                  3. Colin Quartermain profile image94
                    Colin Quartermainposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                    I think you might be underestimating the percentage who can't see the share buttons.

                    I know the later Windows have been optimised for higher resolutions, but anyone running anything before Windows 7 is likely to be on 1024 or lower

          2. colorfulone profile image84
            colorfuloneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Good to know the hub grouping will be back.
            Thank you, Christy.

    3. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Just wanted to mention that the grouping feature is fixed. Please let us know if you have any more issues with Previous/Next. Thanks!

      1. Maina Ndungu profile image95
        Maina Ndunguposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        The grouping feature is back but the links are above the "Recommended Hubs" when using Opera mini on my phone.

        1. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
          Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, those links have been moved above Recommended Hubs intentionally as part of the redesign. smile

  2. JJNW profile image64
    JJNWposted 3 years ago

    "You might find it useful to understand that not does Google absolutely consider this a content mill, the site itself does not identify as a blog site."

    Relache, did you mean to have an "only" after "not" -- as in "not only does Google consider.."? or am I reading wrong?

  3. relache profile image85
    relacheposted 3 years ago

    I have an "only" after "not."

  4. littlething profile image91
    littlethingposted 3 years ago

    I kind of like this new look. It seems a bit cleaner to me. Now that the grouping feature is fixed, I've got no complaints about the new look. Hopefully it'll bring in more traffic

  5. profile image0
    calculus-geometryposted 3 years ago

    The layout is tweaked so often I can't get too excited when they roll out a nice design, nor too disappointed when they unveil a cluttered one.   In a few months it will be redesigned yet again and the current problems will be irrelevant.  roll

  6. Kevar Telfer profile image48
    Kevar Telferposted 3 years ago

    @ be like water. I am really young to this, can you give some constructive criticism? this would help my hub. thanks

  7. Nell Rose profile image89
    Nell Roseposted 3 years ago

    I just wanted to add that everytime we get a new layout our views drop dramatically. Not sure if that's what is happening here, but it seems to be something that happens every time. I liked the old layout, just saying.

    1. maalarue profile image86
      maalarueposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I think you're on to something. Our sites have become way too spammy and I believe Google does not like it at all. I have now counted 7 Ads on our pages, and there is word of HubPages partnering with new Ad Networks. How can that be good?

      I have had to remove almost all of my Amazon links due to all the Ads cluttering the sites now. And even worse, my Google position has dropped dramatically. Some keywords by one whole page. This has caused my traffic to drop over 50%.

      I enjoy working with HubPages and would hate to see them lose vision.

      Any thoughts?

      1. Jayne Lancer profile image95
        Jayne Lancerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I have been wondering if the new ad partners might have something to do with loss of traffic.

        My traffic started to decrease on April 27, which was before the new layout (part II) was implemented.

  8. Victoria Lynn profile image88
    Victoria Lynnposted 3 years ago

    I like the new layout just fine. I like that "more articles by this author" are moved up below the profile pic. The sharing buttons are visible and move down the page with the reader, although I didn't see them at first (used to seeing them on the righthand side, I guess). We hubbers do like to complain a lot, but I guess that's what the forums are for. LOL. Maybe discuss is a better word.  My traffic is down, too, but it always goes down in the summer time. It's abysmal. Really bad. I doubt that the layout will affect traffic in a bad way for long, if at all. I don't mind the HP staff making changes and tweaks now and then, as I'm sure there's a reason for it, a method to the madness, so to speak.

 
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