Why is the "Answers" area on HubPages so prominent?

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (23 posts)
  1. CatherineGiordano profile image99
    CatherineGiordanoposted 19 months ago

    I was browsing through Owlcation yesterday and saw "Answers" was being promoted more than hubs. Previously if you clicked on "best", latest" etc,. it was all hubs. Why the change?

    I am a little upset that hubs are not getting enough attention in the "best", "latest" etc.  I used to have many hubs there. Sometimes I'd have 4 of the top 10 spots. Now I was lucky to see one of my hubs there.

    I have never bothered much with "Answers" because you don't get paid for views to the questions you submit. Or do you? 

    If I'm not getting paid for those views (although HP is still earning from the ads), is there another reason to write there? I have always thought I'm better off spending my time writing new hubs and editing and updating my old ones.

    I've noticed that my hubber score has dropped about 5 points. Is it because I'm not doing much in the "Answers" area?

    Thanks for your input.

    1. kenneth avery profile image82
      kenneth averyposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      @Catherine, great question. With your humble permission, I would love to ask you what happened to the Voting of the old Hub design? I mean by that, and I think you are touching on that too, but the hub we read would be listed across the top with an Interesting, Good, like a multiple choice and we could click on the vote.
      Why did HP do away with that?

      1. CatherineGiordano profile image99
        CatherineGiordanoposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        That went away a long time ago. Maybe more than a year. I guess it just wasn't serving a purpose for HP. I think maybe too many people just clicked on it to get reciprocal clicks. I'm just guessing. I liked that feature.

    2. theraggededge profile image98
      theraggededgeposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      I've never participated in 'answers'. Don't think it has any bearing on hubberscore, which in turn has no bearing on anything smile

    3. tamarawilhite profile image91
      tamarawilhiteposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Because this type of question ranks well with conversational / voice search engine optimization, which is increasing because of people asking Siri and Alexa questions aloud.

      1. CatherineGiordano profile image99
        CatherineGiordanoposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks, the information you provided explains a lot.  It is helpful to HP. But is participating in "Answers" in any way beneficial to me as a hubber?

        1. Venkatachari M profile image28
          Venkatachari Mposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          One benefit is your hubber score will definitely increase if you are active on Questions and Answers and at Forums. And, you are definitely worried at your hubber score also. So, better keep participating.
          I do not know regarding the earnings portion. But, I hope HP gets income and so they will be sharing it proportionately based on your participation in these activities.

        2. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          Look at my score.  I very rarely ask any questions or write any answers.  Maybe once in six months!  So I don't think it is important.

          1. theraggededge profile image98
            theraggededgeposted 19 months agoin reply to this

            I've never done a one big_smile In fact I've only accidentally found myself there once or twice.

          2. Venkatachari M profile image28
            Venkatachari Mposted 19 months agoin reply to this

            But, Marisa, I hope it goes well with those publishing hubs at very long intervals. That's why I am in favor of participating in Questions and Forums.

    4. Christy Kirwan profile image97
      Christy Kirwanposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Catherine,

      HubPages Q&A content should not be featured anywhere on Owlcation or any of the HubPages Network Sites. Can you please provide me with a link of where you are seeing it show up on that site?

      1. Venkatachari M profile image28
        Venkatachari Mposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        I think it is not the network site. They must be appearing at Hubpages main page and the category wise pages. And they are mostly dumped with question answers featuring on each page. I never noticed questions at network sites till now.

      2. CatherineGiordano profile image99
        CatherineGiordanoposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Maybe I saw them someplace else. Maybe I thought I was looking on Owlcation, but was actually someplace else. I'll look again.

        1. Venkatachari M profile image28
          Venkatachari Mposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          You might have seen on education page going through the buttons hidden at the left margin of any hub on the main HP site.

  2. Jason mackenzie profile image66
    Jason mackenzieposted 19 months ago

    Hi, I feel forum participation plays a more significant role in determining your hub score, of course apart from your hubs. Try participating in discussions and check if it makes a difference.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image28
      Venkatachari Mposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      I ditto it.

  3. Kathleen Cochran profile image81
    Kathleen Cochranposted 19 months ago

    They've also done away with sharing hubs among ourselves.  This was a great way for me to find new hubbers and encourage each other.  Don't know why this feature went away either.

    My concern with so much emphasis on answers and forums is there is a new breed of hubber who never writes hubs.  They hang out in the answers section and don't contribute to the overall purpose of the site.

    1. CatherineGiordano profile image99
      CatherineGiordanoposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      I agree. "Answers" used to be an insignificant part of HP. It's like some kind of chat room.  "Answers" is fine for those who like that sort of thing, I resent having the "Answers" taking attention away from hubs.

  4. Robert Sacchi profile image87
    Robert Sacchiposted 19 months ago

    Catherine Giordano, could you have answered your own question?  If they don't pay for views to "Answers" and if more people view answers then it would seem in HubPages best interest to give them more attention.  Has anyone from HubPages given an official answer to your question?

    1. CatherineGiordano profile image99
      CatherineGiordanoposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      It seems on this, HP's bests interests and mine diverge.  I wish they would put Answers in a separate section. It takes up "valuable real estate" in the "best", etc. lists. I think only hubs should be featured there.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image97
        Marisa Wrightposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        I agree, I really don't like the Answers section.  However, I don't think HubPages would give it so much prominence if they didn't feel it was helping bring traffic to the site overall.   

        After all, they don't earn much money from Answers either - they make money from Hubs.  So there is some logic there that we're missing.

        1. CatherineGiordano profile image99
          CatherineGiordanoposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          HP makes money by bringing eyeballs to advertisers. What brings the eyeballs is irrelevant. Evidently "Answers" is bringing eyeballs.

          Evidently people are so eager to express their opinions and so unwilling to do the hard work that a good hub requires--so Answers is successful.

          I don't like my hubs --each of which takes me days to write (20 hours or more)--being in that environment. I think it makes quality hubs look cheap. Keep "Answers" and hubs separate.

          I am not here for "Answers." I can argue with people on facebook.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image97
            Marisa Wrightposted 19 months agoin reply to this

            HubPages makes money in exactly the same way as we do - from the ads which appear on our Hubs.   There are also ads on Answers, but only one or two per page.  So  Hubs are far more profitable for them than Answers, just as they are for us.

            My guess is that they find Answers brings eyeballs to the site, as you say, and that impresses Google, so it's more likely our Hubs will rank higher.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)