Does the use of dividers affect how search engines rate a hub?
I'm feeling the pinch of the latest Google Panda adjustment and am looking for whatever may help re-build my visibility. I have added dividers, using the photo capsule, to many of my hubs to make them neater, easier to read. Do search engine crawlers still see it as one article or does the divider cause them to think an article has ended an new one has begun?
No, because it's still on one URL. You might want to consider adding sub-headings instead, which will help Google navigate as well as your readers.
As Marisa said, it is still one URL, but in addition to that, since it is a photo capsule, it should be viewed as a photo. Otherwise, every photo would run the risk of appearing as a divider. I would think it would just be a photo. But I too am feeling your pain.
Hello Sinea Pies! Sorry it took me so long to respond but my regular day-job is getting busier with the warmer weather and I am trying to complete the 30/30 Challenge!
To be honest, I have seen a lot of people using so called dividers in their Hub Articles. Some of them really looked great while others were of lesser quality. I am not sure of the total affect but what I can say is that dividers are similar in quality to screen-shots and tend to be pixelated (low-quality image).
My suggestion is that if you can create a quality divider than use it, but if it looks grainy or pixelated then I wouldn't because bad images hurt articles. I am not an expert on this particular question so use my opinion with caution! I suggest that you ask this same question in the Help Forum and see what others have to say about this. I am interested in hearing more about this as well. http://hubpages.com/forum/2
Marisa Wright and homesteadbound make some great points as well. Everything in one Hub article belongs to one URL. Search Engines read in code, not in text and pictures like we do.
I had considered adding Dividers at one point myself and I am not sure if they add value or take away from the Hub credibility. This is a great question and I would love to see more answers from people who have more experience with Dividers. Thanks for asking!
I looked at a couple of your latest hubs. Mine should look so good!
While you are more experienced than I am, and I'm sure you're getting better traffic, I would suggest one thing. You use capsule titles very nicely, but I do wonder about going back through them to get the main keywords into each title more. For example, in the hub on washing stains, instead of having "grass stains" as a subtitle, perhaps "How to remove grass stains from clothes" or "Remove grass stains from clothes". I'm sure this is describing yellow to a banana, but thought I'd mention it anyway.
By-the-way, I really like your dividers.
Thanks everyone for your great answers. I will follow your advice, J.S. Matthews, and introduce the question to the forums.
Thanks for the nice compliment, Healthy Pursuits. I'm not so sure about the traffic-thing. Mine is looking a little undernourished lately.
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