This Article on Hubpages Ranked Higher Than the One on Toughnickel

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  1. incomeguru profile image96
    incomeguruposted 14 months ago

    I'm still finding it difficult to comprehend why the article in the screenshot below is ranking better than the one on toughnickel. Is it that the main site (Hupbages) is not as worst as someone may think? Is it one of Google most loved sites? What can we attribute to such occurrence in the photographic documentary below?

    1. poppyr profile image95
      poppyrposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      It’s likely it’s the same article that recently got moved to the niche site, which means that Google will delete the original link (the hubpages one) eventually, especially if it was moved to the niche site recently.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image94
        Rochelle Frankposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        It also depends on the exact words you use to search.  Slightly changing the search words or even rearranging them can change the order of appearance in the lists.

      2. incomeguru profile image96
        incomeguruposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        @ Poppyr, they are two different articles.

        1. Bedbugabscond profile image98
          Bedbugabscondposted 14 months agoin reply to this

          It's congruent content. I have HP articles that get high in the serps, of course when that happens I have the article moved to niche sites. The first one is targeted to the keywords in the search. Let's say the person types "Farewell Messages for colleagues" since the user did not include bosses or employees the algorithm is going to look for the most specific content.

          It is also going to look for the metrics and indicators that indicate which piece of content is more relevant, and consider things like age and authority. In the Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines it describes the nature of specifics regarding content and how that could reflect in the search engines.

          I know some people say you cant rank traffic on Hubpages, and that you have to get to a niche site, but you can and a lot of people do it. The point of having content moved to a niche site is relevance and authority.

    2. NateB11 profile image91
      NateB11posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      I've seen articles do very well on the HP main site too. I haven't been convinced that articles on the main site can't do well for a long time.

  2. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image98
    Beth Eaglescliffeposted 14 months ago

    The ranking in search results depends on the words used in a search query. In your example the HubPages article's title exactly matches the phrase "farewell speech to colleagues". It is a better fit for your search than the title of the article on ToughNickel and so ranks higher.

    Now try clearing your cookies. Then do a search for "farewell wishes and speeches for a colleague". You will find the ToughNickel article is now a better fit for your new query phrase and so ranks above the HubPages one.

    1. incomeguru profile image96
      incomeguruposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      Being on page 1 in SERP shows that Google still loves HP. Or what's your take?

      1. Marisa Wright profile image96
        Marisa Wrightposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        Of course a HubPages article can rank high on Google.   It's likely that if you moved the exact same article to a specialised site, it would rank even better - but that doesn't mean it won't rank at all on HubPages.

  3. Titia profile image94
    Titiaposted 14 months ago

    Google is personalizing searches. Ten people can search for something with the exact same words and still get different results. In my case your article on toughnickel was on page 8 and your article on HP was on page 11.

    1. incomeguru profile image96
      incomeguruposted 14 months agoin reply to this

      @ Titia, do the search with the phrase "farewell speech to colleague", and let's see the result.

      1. Bedbugabscond profile image98
        Bedbugabscondposted 14 months agoin reply to this

        I searched it and had the same results. Yes there is personalization, but different types of users will have different levels of personalization. Personalization is not standardized across all topics. The algorithm is quite complex on these issues. It is true that two people could get very different results in the serps. That is a type of factor, but I refer you back to the search quality guidelines about the importance of your angle when it comes to your specifics. Hubpages may gain less authority than the niche sites, but article authority, author authority and wise use of your language can ger HP articles on the map.

      2. Titia profile image94
        Titiaposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I did and found the HP on page 4 and the other on page 6.

        1. incomeguru profile image96
          incomeguruposted 13 months agoin reply to this

          Shows that the main site HP is not as bad as one may think.

  4. newbizmau profile image93
    newbizmauposted 13 months ago

    I agree with Titia, Google now shows us personalized searches so rank will be to your previous searches and anything else they have learned about you. I believe it is a way to be a more fair search engine and target those who want to see what you are writing about. It may not be the best yet but I have seen an increase in my own traffic.

    1. incomeguru profile image96
      incomeguruposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Do a search with the phrase "farewell speech to colleague", and then tell us what you observed.


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