Below are the results of a not very scientific inquiry.
I started on this page: http://hubpages.com/question/hot/?page=20 and searched for about three lines of text from each Q&A, just to see if Google would find the page.
On page 20 I looked at 7 pages
5 came up in search
2 did not
3 came up
3 did not
1 came up
5 did not
1 came up
9 did not
Looked at page 200
0 came up
10 did not
It seems Google has not indexed the majority of Q&A.
On the other hand when I choose an article hub topic (holidays) all the hubs seem to be indexed, even the least popular.
Is Google struggling to index Q&A? Or is the Panda component of Google's algos dumping out a lot of this content?
Please feel free to repeat the experiment if you have half an hour to spare. The results would be interesting.
If you have a couple of hours to spare and a statistical kind of mind, I would be riveted.
Your post enticed me to check...
The good news... My Q&A has averaged 5 views a day for the last 30 days.
The bad news... My last AdSense click from that section is so long ago I don't remember.
I thought that's how it was supposed to work.
HubPages did say it was no-indexing Questions if they hadn't had answers for a while, so most old topics shouldn't be indexed.
I think it's because there's no quality control over Q&A.
It appears you are right. Some of my Q&A are indexed, some are not.
Damn it, HP.
I posted questions for the purpose of getting traffic, etc.
Should I give up on that?
I could probably come up with a couple revenue generators today, if fellow hubbers answer them that is.
The purpose of Q&A is not to get traffic, it's to inspire people with ideas to write Hubs.
I always thought it was a mistake when HubPages added Adsense to the Q&A, it just encouraged people to post there for all the wrong reasons and therefore waste their time.
The "no-index" thing has been around for over two years:
http://hubpages.com/community/forum/109 … ost2326242
The purpose of Q&A is wrong.
I don't care. Oh well.
Thanks, for that link.
I feel better about Q&A now, given that there are not huge numbers of them live and they probably do not outnumber articles.
It is hard to judge the quality of the pages themselves unless you are interested in (or knowledgeable about) the subject. Only dwell times will tell you if they work for readers.
I imagine staff keep an eye on this.
Surely a page that get visits on a regular basis will be kept regardless of when the last answer was posted?
If they are dropping Q&A's it must be on the basis of traffic.
Also every Q&A even the most neglected seems to be open to new answers, like this one: http://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/answe … hower#open
Having said that, I just checked the page source for that particular page and it has a 'no index no follow' tag.
So, it seems that when they say that there are '189,000 questions' only a small fraction appear in Google search. Why do not they not tell people this stuff?
This is one weird thing:
900 results for questions -- all on the old subdomains.
It's always struck me that HubPages could improve the quality rating of this site with Google in an instant if it got rid of Q&A.
Stick it on a different domain name if it's that important to keep it.
I must admit, having looked more closely and only at the indexed stuff, most of it is in decent English. I did not read enough to be sure that any of the pages really anwers the question posed or makes a genuinely intelligent stab at a discussion.
I just posted a new question...
"A Re view of Hu bPag es."
"Hell o, fell ow Hubbe rs. Got an opin ion abo ut any asp ect of HubPag es? Po st it h ere."
Have at it. Make the critter supersede the other reviews.
Someone else will have to post the direct link. I'm not allowed.
Sometimes I wonder if you are really on the side of the angels, lol.
And my Q has had no response. Blank it, figures, q/a dead.
HP TRASHED MY QUESTION!!!
Why, on God's green earth, would HP do this? I truly do not understand!
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