What's the least amount of views per hub that you would accept before deleting it?
Not sure if the question is clear, but what is your criteria for deleting a hub? We know that hubs that do not do well will drag the hubs with potential. When do you delete? How much traffic per month that would make you keep the hub or delete it? I was wondering if I am making rash decisions with my own hubs.
I try to edit the hub a couple of times and give it time but if a month goes by and I get no view for a hub around for six months or more I delete it, especially the hub was written on a whim with no keyword search.
That's a good question! I am going to delete one of mine here, one that I wrote about a new show that opened up in Las Vegas called "Surf The Musical". BUT, the reason for me deleting it is that the show only played for about six weeks then was cancelled. It is no longer playing here. The hub DID get over 300 views, however, which I thought was pretty good. (This is the reason they say to write about "Evergreen topics".)
The thing with Las Vegas, though, is that shows can go for YEARS here if they are successful, and you can end up getting a lot of views by people who are thinking of seeing the show and looking on the Internet for a review of it. When you write hubs on things like reviews of shows, you are taking a chance, which I did with this one.
I also have a hub I wrote as part of a "contest"... I never really looked into keywords, just thought I'd enter something into the HubPages contest, and it is now one of my lowest viewed hubs, so I might delete that one too.
I've never had a Hub get no views in six months, but if I did, I might think about reworking the entire thing from a new angle. My Hubs get a couple of years to try and find their audience before I consider giving up on them, but that's just how I approach what I'm doing.
I guess I was a little bit confusing in there. I meant that I normally give a hub six months to determine if it's worth keeping or not. So a hub that is a year old only getting 0-5 views per month I delete.
I got what you said. And what I said was I give Hubs about 18 months longer than you give them before making any deletion decisions. Most deletions I've done have been on Hubs 3+ years old.
Thanks Relache, I understand. That's helps me. Maybe I should wait a little longer before deleting to make sure I give it every chance.
I never had that problem but if I did, I would rewrite it. I'm usually editing anyway. I'm never happy with a finished product. Are you? I am always finding new ways to revamp a story or change it in some way, always finding ways to improve it, which I think is a good thing.
There is always room for improvement, even from the best of writers. I would look online, look for ways to change it, make it more interesting, you may add a photo perhaps or a video, maybe hook up on Ebay links or online links, etc.
You may also look at its length. is it too long? Maybe too short? Break it up into parts if it is too long. Change names, change titles, add more search words and also, look into marketing it better.
Add a link to your Facebook account, your blog, email it to friends to read. I do that. I've had some of my stories forwarded to people I've never met from friends who enjoyed them.
I only started publishing a short time ago on the Hub but I've learned so much already. Let me know how it goes for you and if I've helped in any way. Good luck! And don't let it discourage you.
When I get down about my writing, and I do sometimes, I remember how Stephen King almost lost Carrie to the trash. He hated it so much he threw it out and his wife pulled it out of the garbage and basically told him, he has nothing else to lose, why not just send it out anyway. You just never know. There are customers for everything, even those things you don't care for.
I would revamp the hub before deleting it and that always works for me. I only delete hubs if I personally get tired of them. I've done that a few times. Kinda like out with the old and in with the new.
I always do that before removing. One of them is an opinion piece that isn't too search friendly and since I want to keep only search friendly hubs here I just don't want it to hold the others back.
That's good advice, Sunshine! I think I might revamp a couple of mine then instead of deleting.
I have never deleted a hub. I've had hubs finally take off and get lots of views after not doing too well for 8 or 9 months, so I just let them be. I often tweak hubs--change title, add more content, perhaps a video--and that seems to help, too. Probably if it went 6 months with nothing, I'd seriously edit. If I felt it was no use to anyone, I would probably delete. But I always try to save them first through revising!
I didn't mean six months without views,,,sorry...lol... I meant I give it six months before consider deleting..
I've seen things that I thought were well done but not quite seem to find an audience suddenly take off when they are 2 years old because suddenly the topic got popular in society. And then you have authority over new articles...
I would not delete it. I would edit it or add information to it. I would check my tags to see if they should be revamped. I guess if I had a hub that was more about timing thing, I would consider it. For instance, If I wrote about the upcoming election, and once the election was over and the piece was not relevant in any way, I would delete it.
I don't base it on an actual figure of views per month. But basically I examine the hubs that have the least traffic to see what I can do to improve them.
Sometimes they just need some updating. Other times I decide to change the title. I also watch the keywords people have used. If I see they are matching on the wrong keywords that really don't relate to the subject, then I try to fix that. Getting the wrong traffic can kill ranking because they leave right away and a short duration is not a good thing.
I also regroup my hubs from time to time. If I have another hub with a similar subject which is doing well, I'll move the lesser performing hub next to it in the same group.
That forces it to be listed at the bottom of the hub which is getting the traffic and it gives it a chance to get some traffic of readers from the other hub. I have also reorganized my group list from time to time, creating new groups to keep hubs about similar subjects listed together.
If all else fails, I do end up deleting hubs that don't work, but only after I have exhausted all possibilities. It helps improve ranking on the others.
I am not answering this, just here to read the answer and get the view point of both the questioner and the answering hubbers. I think this is a very good topic - and the information and ideas being given are also great. Could have been a great forum topic too. Thanks from me to you all.
I wouldn't delete the hub, i would suggest looking into keyword research and title tuning that is relevant to content.
Hope this helps, good luck.
What if it's not search friendly and you did all the necessary, change title, add fresh ideas, keyword search but only a handful of people search for it on the internet? Some of my earliest hubs were like that.
You have to remember that there are competition for the keywords and title tags every day and yours are also competing for the first page depending on your optimization techniques, i would leave the posting alone for a while and continue writing.
Thank you for asking this question. I had wondered if I should delete hubs that are not getting any views, but I had no idea that they could pull down the rating of my other hubs. Rewriting one that you think is useful but not being viewed sounds like a good idea.
I have only deleted one Hub, and that was because it was had been unpublished and would not do me any good at all if I edited it to comply with terms. Instead, I found another home for it. Maybe it just wasn't right for HubPages. I didn't think of the site I wrote about as one not to link to because I only used one feature of the site and paid little attention to the rest of it. Thus, it never occurred to me it wasn't in compliance or I would have published it somewhere else to start with.
So far I haven't seriously considered deleting any other hubs. I didn't realize hubs with few views brought other hubs down. How does that work? I'll keep a better eye on those hubs with fewer views and see if they should be published somewhere else. I wrote most of them for contests and they weren't my usual style.
Like many people have already answered: I'd give the hubs some serious tweaking. Add some nice new keywords, reword it, add some new capsules. Try to make it mor e exciting.
If you've exhausted every single possible thing to help improve your hub. I would say... Give it a few months (Like your mention of 6 months) if it is still seriously dragging, get rid of it. Maybe take what good things you've seen from it, and put it into a new hub that might be a little bit more search friendly.
Just my opinion, but I'm still a newbie here, so take it how you want to lol.
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