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Glad to see this transition happened so quickly. I like this move.
I'm curious about what triggers the category that the hub is put under. (Business, Money, Food, Style, Autos, etc.) Is it based more on the content or the title? Most of my hubs seem to have gone into the appropriate place, but I do see a couple which might be questionable.
For example, on one of my unpublished hubs titled, Overcoming Opioid Dependence, Chronic Pain and Pain Killers, it is listed under Literature. It is a personal story rather than a health guide, so that may be the reason it's not under Health.
Another one is Navy Life in World War II, the story of my Dad's military service, categorized under Politics. My other Navy hub is under Family (The URL mentions "Dad"), although the title refers to finding military records.
Understanding this will help me align my groups to match the main sub headings.
I've got a Pinterest-loved hub still continuing to go mid "viral" via Pinterest's users. I await to see what happens when Pinterest is suddenly confronted with redirects as opposed to the normal page landings. I'm pretty sure all the other social media couldn't care less and doesn't even check for such things, but Pinterest is Pinterest.
I notice that all my Civil War hubs are categorized as "Educational." That would certainly be very misleading in a Google search snippet. Will there be an effort to reexamine categories and make corrections such as listing Civil War hubs in a "Civil War" category?
Yep, I've got that same type of problem all over the place with my own hubs, as have lots of other Hubbers who warned HP about this. HP really should have done a category reorg before doing this. Oh, well.
On mobile it sometimes uses the URL or the breadcrumbs. Not sure how they decide. I think your Civil War Hubs are categorized fine, but I agree that the categories aren't perfect for everything. I'm not sure there's a perfect solution for the entire site other than for folks to pick the best subcategory as possible.
Can you explain breadcrumbs? I have read about it and heard it from you but would like yours or someone's expert opinion/explanation. What do you mean about selecting a subcategory? Does that mean that RonElFran needs to select a second category to follow education for his Civil War hubs?
It occurred to me this morning that perhaps I should change the settings on my profile to accept EC again before the changeover, thinking ECs might be automatically reinstated. However I logged in to discover the change has already happened.
I note with interest that previous ECs are not showing the label.
What is the plan there, Paul? Will you be switching the 'opt in/out of EC' over for all hubbers now that we are all under the main domain?
I also opted out of the EC since I wanted my hubs to stay in my subdomain. Now it does not seem to matter. I had about 25 hubs with that designation. Is it still going to exist? (There is no longer any way to change this under the profile.)
With the new URL change, I was checking that all my hubs are categorized in the best possible way. Being a choreologist by profession, I write many articles about the "Body", "Body Awareness" and "Body Language". There is no place in the Topics Tree for these subjects. The main topic "Body" does not exist at all and the topic "Body Language" only refers to the body language of cats!
The following topic thread which has had zero reaction so far, explains the problem in greater detail.
Looks like HP ignored all the feedback about categories and inappropriate names. It would have been a great opportunity for a clean-up and ranking boost - going forward. Gone now, forever. I guess minor changes could still occur.
Keep hammering. After all they did ask for feedback and suggestions. The Topics Tree (http://hubpages.com/topics/tree) doesn't make sense in many places, especially now that our URLs only show the main category and ignores all sub-categories.
The Topics Tree needs to be revised. It needs to be expanded and simplified. By that I mean that we need many many more top categories and far fewer sub-categories, many of which now fail to fit into the current main categories. For example, I have a few hubs originally under "Lifestyle", now labelled "Style" and the URLs no longer make any sense.
I had a short-lived traffic spike on one of my recipe hubs today around 3pm (EST), according to GA. After seeing this post, I wonder if this bug had something to do with it. Happy for the traffic, though.
Education and Science is a very mixed bag that includes ARCHITECTURE ART HISTORY + many education topics listed with science ones at then same level. Its a mess! All the SCIENCE ones have /education/ as top-level category in the URL.
What I'm reporting is a genuine bug. If you hover over those subcategories you can see that they are all have /style/ in the url, meaning they aren't supposed to be on the page for hubs with /education/ in the url.
Yes, I am aware that the "Education" category is a jumble of unrelated school subjects, as I was the one who mentioned in two different threads
Well, I picked 3 hubs at random this late Saturday morning for Google searches. All 3 hubs are still showing as being under my subdomain, though the subcategories are being displayed perfectly. My traffic also continues to be above average, almost as if Google is doing their infamous testing thing on various hubs before deciding ranking. The adventure continues...
I notice one worrying thing in my stats: all my incoming links have gone. Hubs that had five stars now only have one and in the referrers section, the only referrers shown are google and internal, whereas I had lots of traffic coming in from teacher sites and class pages etc. That's all vanished - two years to build - and traffic slumped.
Nothing stands still-- especially where search engines are concerned. My point is that, generally, it looks like some improvements are being seen on past efforts and it is to be hoped that the current changes will yield positive results-- or at least mitigate negative trends.
I have found that Pinterest does not like redirects. It randomly throws up warnings after a rediriect has been applied to an article, "This link is suspicious; it is a redirect that may lead to inappropriate content."
I tested the same article that had been pinned numerous times. Some worked correctly and then I got that message. So it seems random that some pins redirected while other pins to the same article threw up the red flag.
A pain indeed - I have started making 4000+ changes. My big concern apart from this is all the re-pins and social media. This is a potential disaster as half my traffic comes via Pinterest (+ mini-virals). A ban on HP could also eventuate with all the redirects. Sad!