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Am I Allowed to Change Some HubPro Changes to My Hub?

  1. Kylyssa profile image96
    Kylyssaposted 20 months ago

    A hub of mine was recently put through HubPro Basic. That means photos were removed, a bunch of the text was reworded, and one or more links to educational and supportive resources were removed. A few grammar errors crept in, a photo was moved so it's no longer near the section it relates to, and some of the sentences have had their meanings slightly altered by the rewriting.

    Obviously, I'm not allowed to put the links back in, but I wonder if I'm allowed to fix anything else?

    1. Am I allowed to move the photo back to the section it illustrates?
    2. Am I allowed to fix the grammatical errors?
    3. Am I allowed to restore the original meanings to the sentences that were reworded to mean something slightly different with a slightly different tone than I intended?
    4. Am I allowed to put new photos on the hub to replace the ones removed by HubPages?

    1. Robin profile image
      Robinposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Kylyssa,  You are welcome to improve your Hub.  You can move content around if you think it's better, update your sentences to convey your true meaning, add relevant, high-quality images, and of course fix any grammar errors. (Can you let me know what grammar errors were introduced?  I took a look at the Hub and couldn't spot any.)  Thanks for checking.  smile

      1. Kylyssa profile image96
        Kylyssaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

        For me, the biggest priority on that hub will be getting the meaning of individual sentences back to what I meant rather than what the editor decided they ought to mean. Some sentences had their subjects changed as the editor performed back-flips to edit out as many instances of the words 'homeless' and 'shelter' as humanly possible.  My careful use of the word 'people' near the word 'homeless' was sometimes removed. At least one sentence was moved out of order so the logical build to a conclusion in that paragraph is no longer logical.

        I'll move the remaining photos back to near the words that match their subjects and move the polls so they are once again near the paragraphs on the same subjects. 

        When I'm done with editing my work to repair it, I'll send you a list of the grammar errors introduced by editing.  "Should Be Grateful for Assistance No Matter How They Are Treated?" is one added error I recall off the top of my head. It came from the editor chopping sentences apart to make more than one.

        1. Robin profile image
          Robinposted 20 months agoin reply to this

          Okay.  I think the editor was trying to remove some of the keyword repetition, but we shouldn't be changing the meaning by doing so.  Thanks for sending me the errors.  smile

  2. Glenn Stok profile image100
    Glenn Stokposted 20 months ago

    Kylyssa, If I may offer my two-cents...

    It's important to try not to repeat the same words too often because Google bots pick that up as if you are spamming keywords and they may reduce your ranking.

    As for the image location, make sure you always check how your hub looks on a mobile device because images that you put in the right-hand column will fall in-line with the left-hand text. This may result in the image not being where you thought it would be when viewed on a smart phone.

    You can check how it looks on a mobile device by going into edit and selecting the mobile preview.   A majority of our traffic is now coming from mobile devices.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      *Sigh* this is a problem I have all the time!   The problem arises when you write about a subject that doesn't have many synonyms.  If I'm writing about ballet, for instance, there is no other word for "pointe" (dancers would fall about laughing if I referred to it as a "dancing on your toes"!), so when I write a Hub about dancing en pointe, it's peppered throughout with references to pointe shoes, pointe work, pointe technique etc.  I know Google may misinterpret that as spamming but there's really not much I can do about it.   I'm guessing Kylyssa may have the same problem with her topics.

      1. Glenn Stok profile image100
        Glenn Stokposted 20 months agoin reply to this

        True. It's not always easy to avoid repetition. I find that by reading a hub out loud helps determine if the repetition sounds normal. As long as it doesn't sound "forced" I imagine that it should pass Google's scrutiny.

  3. makingamark profile image51
    makingamarkposted 20 months ago

    If it helps I think the so-called problem of repeat mentions of specialised words is over-exaggerated.

    I have a new website which is bursting from end to end with repeat mentions of one word because it is both relevant and appropriate.  It ranks very well in Google for niche references to that topic i.e. that word with relevant variations which relate to the different pages

    I treat Google as if it has a brain. When a website is about one topic, repeat mentions of that topic are not unusual.

    From what I can make out the critical issue is whether use of a term is relevant and appropriate and whether it is well supported by good quality content.