Is our subdomain on hubpages like having a separate website? does this take away the benefits?
I have heard that hubpages ranks well on google, so it helps your hubs rank high in search engines. but now that there are subdomains to lessen the effect of other people's bad hubs on yours, does this also mean that you no longer have the benefits of other people's good hubs? is your subdomain now like having your own website, with no extra search engine ranking from the other hubs on hubpages?
Actually this is a good thing. Having sub-domains separates each user so that search engines rank the article itself, not HubPages collectively. That way, if you write great content you are judged just on the content of the article as apposed to a huge bank of similar articles, many of them (potentially) lesser in quality. To be ranked in a search engine, it has more to do with the actual content of the article as apposed to where it came from. In short, the best article will rise to the top of the search engines regardless of its publication origin. That is why when you search on an engine, the top 10 usually are from several different domains. Write better than the rest, get ranked higher. As they say, "Content is King". I hope this answers your question!
I agree that it's a good thing. There's still the name recognition of HubPages in the URL, without the issues that J.S.Mathews noted.
I believe the subdomains increase the chances of ranking well on Google. While many similar sites have disappeared from Google's top pages, I find articles from HP on Google's first and second pages every day when I research for titles I write for clients. So based on what I'm seeing, the subdomain move works in our favor.
That's right, and it's AWESOME! No more can I leach off someone else's good hubs and write $hitty hubs myself - that's the way it should be.
I tend to differ because Alexa is not registering subdomains from Hubpages. They are registering everything under one domain. If you don't believe me then search Alexa for http://whoisbid.tumblr.com and http://whoisbid.hubpages.com and you will what I mean. Of course you will see my Hubpages account appear in the search results but you won't see it's individual attributes. I can track how well my Tumblr accounts are doing through Alexa but not with Hubpages. This means you will never know what others think and you will be unable to get an outside opinion. You will see only Hubpages own main attributes for your subdomain. Some people believe that this means that Hubpages is coding their site in such a way that each particular subdomain is not getting the attention it needs. I am telling the truth and I suspect this answer might get deleted. I don't want to tell lies here and people should use third party spiders if they want to see how Hubpages is being constructed for search engines.
Whoisbid is correct, a subdomain is not really a separate site as far as Alexa and other website stats aggregators are concerned, nor is Google necessarily consistent in the way that it treats subdomains vs subdirectories vs sites with no subdivisions of any kind.
One day Google may say they are treated separately, the next they may say the domain is treated as a whole. It's important to realize that just because HP staff take certain actions does not mean they know how it will pan out in the long run.
The best thing that you can do is make sure that your articles are the best they can be. If you aren't getting the results you hope for, try writing for a different site, or even better, create your own website.
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