About a month ago, the Hub Groups option was eliminated, with the idea apparently being that there were too many links to Hubs by the same author on each page, related links were already being generated automatically in the More by this Author section, and most people didn't use the feature anyway. Unfortunately, when I looked at what three links were being automatically generated for each Hub, they appeared to be related mostly to recent traffic (the same links were appearing over and over), and not to a related topic that a person that had just read each Hub would logically be interested in. I write in several very different categories that are of interest to me but may not all be of interest to someone else (politics, frugal living, sports, and film and literature), and it seems very unlikely that someone who was interested in one of those categories would be interested in an article from a different category simply because they have the same author. I responded to this by adding the related links to the end of each of my Hubs manually. Unfortunately, this evidently has drastic negative consequences that I otherwise would never have found out about; my Hubberscore has dropped precipitously (from the mid 90's to the low 80's), and now my Hubs are hidden deep on the site and I can't find my most recent (and most involved and time sensitive) Hub on Google or Yahoo anymore, which means that it will not be read by anyone.
Here is my suggestion: why not allow the automatically generated Hubs to be the default for the More by this Author section as it was in the Hub Groups section if someone wasn't using the option, but give people the option of setting up Groups under that section if they want. You clearly have the capability of offering the option with a default in place, and you would still be limiting the number of links to work from the same Hubber to 3.
To be clear, I do find it incredibly disheartening that I worked so hard on writing Hubs I care about and that now no one will read them, but I understand that ship may have already sailed. However, that doesn't mean that the site can't be better, and that people might have the chance to build an audience for their related work in the future.
by Marina 5 years ago
Heads up! As part of a traffic experiment, we changed the number of Hubs listed in the Related Hubs section to eight instead of five. We expect the experiment to last about a week, but wanted to let everyone know that the change is not permanent. Please check out this thread for background...
by Kerri Bee 4 years ago
At the bottom of the lens it has related hubs. Is there a way to exclude some hubs from showing there, or to encourage better (more related) ones by limiting the category or using keywords or hand picking them or something?For example, my lens on a simple wooden toy is getting horror movies...
by Marina 3 years ago
As mentioned in a couple of forum threads recently, Hub Groups (the "More in this Series" module on Hubs) is officially being retired. Groups were created to help Hubbers connect Hubs belonging to a series (e.g., a Hub with multiple parts), making it easy for readers to access the other...
by Will Apse 12 days ago
Haven't seen this before:Any chance the average visitor will know Mr or Ms Maven?And just how related is that content?
by Timothy Arends 10 months ago
I have written a pro-president Trump hub. I wrote it in the weeks after the election but before the inauguration. it is interesting to see how my predictions are turning out. The hub is entitled "No joke! 50 Ways Donald Trump will make America great...
by L C David 5 years ago
Look at one of your articles and check out the format for the Related Hubs. On mine it now looks like a list.
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