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Where's your concentration right now? Reworking or writing new hubs?

  1. claptona profile image84
    claptonaposted 15 months ago

    I'm thinking new hubs get looked at right away by the moderators.
    Whereas the reworked hubs will sit until a moderator stumbles upon them.
    Or does the reworked hub get a priority over the "featured" hubs not yet on the niche sites.
    Sems the niche sites are the place to get too, not just a featured hub sitting around hubpages.
    Or do you think featured should do just as well as a hub on the niche sites?
    Just trying to understand and figure it out.
    Thanks for any insight.

    1. chef-de-jour profile image94
      chef-de-jourposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      I've been writing a few new hubs of late having been encouraged by rising views. The new ones tend to be 'niched' within a few days which is an incentive to write more I must say. But I also try to edit older hubs, the ones that linger like old fogeys on a street corner, no particular place to go. I smarten up text capsules, get rid of inappropriate amazon capsules, chop and change and so on. It's an ongoing process. The trick is to keep learning and not give in.

      1. claptona profile image84
        claptonaposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        Thx Chef,
        Everyone seems to be doing both - re-editing and writing new.
        I guess as you write and get positive feed back on the new, the old ones appear to be wanting once you've learned what the moderators find "acceptable".
        Thanks for your input.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image99
          Marisa Wrightposted 15 months agoin reply to this

          That's a good point.  If you don't yet have a really good handle on what the niche sites want, there's really no point in trying to update your Hubs.

          Once you've had a few new ones accepted and know what they're looking for, you can go back and rework your old Hubs to meet that standard.

    2. Sherry Hewins profile image95
      Sherry Hewinsposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      As far as I can tell, updating a hub does nothing for moving the hub to a niche site. The one exception would be if you got a significant uptick in traffic. My only hope for my old hubs that I know are good is to submit them myself, every 60 days.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 15 months agoin reply to this

        Not at all - I just had one of my old Hubs moved after I updated it, and it didn't have time to get an uptick in traffic. 

        I think it's the luck of the draw, really.   I don't know what system the moderators are using to choose from the older Hubs:  Christy did mention that traffic was still a factor, but also that they're trying to fill gaps in some subject areas of the niche sites.  So if you can update a Hub that would fill one of those gaps, it would have a chance of being picked up.

  2. EricDockett profile image99
    EricDockettposted 15 months ago

    I've always divided my time between creating new content and updating old. Even old content moved to niche sites needs to be freshened up now and then.

    The niche sites are where you want to be, and I believe all new Hubs are considered when they are published. Hubs left on HubPages generally will not do as well, though I have a couple on another account that are plodding along nicely but for some reason haven't been moved to a niche site yet.

    As for how and when they are choosing updated Hubs to move, I have yet to crack the code. Sometimes I update old Hubs and they get moved right over. Sometimes I make updates and think, "Wait til those curators get a load of the the awesome job I did here!" and my Hub gets ignored. Sometimes my updated Hubs get ignored for a while and then moved when I least expect it. Those sneaky curators!

    The bottom line is, whether you are creating new content or updating existing Hubs, do your best to get them up to the niche site standards. That is the way forward.

    1. claptona profile image84
      claptonaposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the info, Eric
      This stuff puzzles me.
      Answers like yours help me understand a bit better.

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image99
    FatFreddysCatposted 15 months ago

    Lately I haven't had time to do much of either - write new ones or update! My last new Hub was more than a month ago. sad

  4. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 15 months ago

    My view - the niche sites are the future of HubPages.  A Featured Hub on HubPages may do just as well in the short term, but I think the main site will gradually go downhill as all the best Hubs are moved out.

    New Hubs get considered as soon as they're written.

    When you update an old Hub, it doesn't seem to go through the same process and I guess I can see why:  how could the system possibly decide whether you've done a small edit or a major overhaul? The mods don't want to be looking at old Hubs every time someone changes two words, they're swamped enough already.

    So it seems a no-brainer to concentrate on writing new Hubs. 

    Having said that, we know the moderators are going through old Hubs looking for candidates, so it doesn't hurt to have your old Hubs upgraded to niche site standard.   The thing is, you only have to update an old Hub ONCE, people who keep tittivating again and again are just wasting their time.  Sit down, go through the Hub and make sure it's the best it can be, then let it lie.  You can check the search results sometimes to see if you can improve your keywords, but that's the only thing you need to do.

  5. Natalie Frank profile image96
    Natalie Frankposted 15 months ago

    I try to work a little on reworking old hubs which I save in a word file until I'm ready to update one and more on new hubs.  Does it change when reworked hubs are looked at if you unpublish them when you change them rather than just edit them without unpublishing them?  I try to keep working on hubs that drop below a score of 80.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image96
      Jean Bakulaposted 15 months agoin reply to this

      I think they want new hubs now, and intend to make new niches later for topics not covered by the new niches.

      I write in groups of 12, astrology, and 9 of my 12 are on niche sites. In a case like that, I'm trying to make the 3 left behind more interesting. I don't like the series split up, though I know the admin doesn't consider them series.

      I had to beg to get my Donald Trump hub moved to the same niche as my Hillary one, and in this crazy election season in the U.S. Sometimes you have to nag them when they are making a stupid mistake, in this case, being election time and these two are running against each other, I didn't think I should have to ask. They were both better quality hubs than a lot of stuff I read on here, and I don't have a hub with under an 80 score.

      I've had hubs with very little traffic moved too, though they were a group I revised almost completely from what they were.

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    CharmaineCalhoonposted 15 months ago