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Not impressed with the news capsules

  1. WeddingConsultant profile image69
    WeddingConsultantposted 8 years ago

    Like many others here, I've tried to add a relevant news capsule to some of my hubs in order to have self-updating and relevant content.

    Unfortunately, it hasn't been working so well.

    Two issues have come up that I've noticed:
    1. Broken news links

    I understand this isn't a hubpages problem, but it is certainly a hub quality problem. Two out of three of the news links are simply broken on one of my hubs. And the third is...

    2. Irrelevant news

    Naturally this isn't necessarily a problem on hubpages's side, but I might suggest a tweak here. Rather than scanning the entire contents of the news articles, it might be more accurate to only scan the title and tags, or just the title to determine if the news is relevant.

    In any case, I'm much less inclined to use the news feeds.

    Anyone else have thoughts on this?

    1. lindagoffigan profile image61
      lindagoffiganposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Are you saying that the broken links are in the news article?

    2. BaliMermaid profile image56
      BaliMermaidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I found that you can eliminate irrelevant news by putting a restrict symbol and keyword with the keywords you want.
      For example if you had a site on Michael Phelps but did not want news on the Olympics unless he was in the item  you would put key words like this; +"Michael Phelps" -olympics

      Hope this works for you too.  I am hoping having the news feed generates "activity" points from the google bots every time something changes in the news.

  2. profile image0
    shreekrishnaposted 8 years ago

    yes i have seen such problems ,

    so , i didnt use that ,

    they did not contain any interesting news ,

    they only make hubs lengthy & use extra spaces.

  3. Whitney05 profile image83
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    I haven't had too many problems with relevancy. I just try to make the topic broad when searching in keyword for the News capsule. I don't use it much, but use it more now since it feeds from several sources. I've never been able to find an exact match in the news capsule topics to my hub, so a broad topic typically works. But, I do like the idea of the capsule searching via tags.

  4. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 8 years ago

    There are a few undocumented features in the news capsule that might help you get better results.

    - Negation to eliminate articles with a word:

    - Quotes for exact match:

    - Site to get articles from a particular source: