How Many of Your Hubs have been put into idle status?

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  1. Skarlet profile image86
    Skarletposted 10 years ago

    How Many of Your Hubs have been put into idle status?

    A few months ago one of my hubs went into idle and since that time several of my short hubs have transferred to idle.

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    JThomp42posted 10 years ago

    Hello Skarlet,
            This has happened to me several times as well. All you need to do is to edit it a bit. Try changing the summary, make sure you give credit for each picture, spelling, grammar, etc. Any hub, I've noticed so far, can be featured again by doing some simple editing

  3. Bobski606 profile image84
    Bobski606posted 10 years ago

    About half of mine have been put into idle, however, I haven't been very active on here recently so I'm not surprised at all. I'm going back over them with all my new found knowledge and editing them. Once I've done that they are featured again and away we go.

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      paxwillposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Your hubs are really good; you cover topics I would search for and get some use out of.

    2. Bobski606 profile image84
      Bobski606posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks paxwill, it's just a shame that so many of them are idled at the moment.

  4. John MacNab profile image77
    John MacNabposted 10 years ago

    Thirteen - out of 57.   Now and again I read the idle ones, and think 'idle no more.'   Most of the idle ones are about Hubs, and now and again I consider deleting them, but after re-reading them I realise that I like them and I think they're well written, so I leave them alone - perhaps a tweek now and then.

  5. Goody5 profile image61
    Goody5posted 10 years ago

    This is no big deal, and everyone is experiencing this sort of thing on the hub pages. I have a super quick fix that will get your hub back into the lime light - … led-status Good luck!

    1. Rock_nj profile image92
      Rock_njposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Doesn't the fix you outlined:  change one word, prove how pointless this Idled / Featured Hub thing is?  All it takes to make a Hub worth featuring again is changing one word?  It's about popularity of Hubs rather than quality.  That's what I've seen

    2. Goody5 profile image61
      Goody5posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Okay, then this must be why 85,652 hubbers have told the hub pages goodbye just since August 2011.

    3. SidKemp profile image88
      SidKempposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Goody - your hub about this, overall, is great. But the quick fix raises a problem. Making a small change reactivates the hub temporarily. But do that too much, and all of your hubs may drop in Google rating.

  6. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 10 years ago

    Currently none but since I've been here, 2 out of 35. I was able to revive them immediately with editing, i.e., adding content, changing images around, changing titles, and adding polls or rating scales. I can tell now when one is at risk for idling so I start tweaking right away. I have also found the new hubtool helpful in getting me to refine summaries and change titles on several hubs to improve SEO and hopefully prevent non-featured status. I have seen traffic creep up slightly as a result.

  7. ChristinS profile image40
    ChristinSposted 10 years ago

    The only ones of mine that have idled are the 2 short story essays I posted which I plan to remove and, ironically enough, 2 "exclusive titles" that I wrote lol.  I guess they were exclusive because they are all alone in the world or something... geez.

  8. SidKemp profile image88
    SidKempposted 10 years ago

    Thanks for asking. I've published 100 hubs, and, until now, I haven't gone back to look at idle status. Your question came just in time for my review. I have 78 active hubs, and 22 idle ones. Of the 22 idle ones, a quick review tells me: 9 are topics I would expect to idle, such as about HubPages or purely spiritual. 5 are early hubs that I would need to edit and improve. For 2, the problem is clearly the title - I created the title before I knew how to use Google Adwords for title optimization. 6 surprised me; I'll review and improve them and see what happens!

  9. Bard of Ely profile image80
    Bard of Elyposted 10 years ago

    Loads! At one point I counted over 20. I tried tweaking them but many got idled again.These days I just end up moving them to another site.

  10. mattforte profile image88
    mattforteposted 10 years ago

    Since the idle hub program was released, I have not seen a single one of my hubs idle. Ever.

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    Lizam1posted 10 years ago

    I did a while back have several snooze buttons but none now.  I am wondering if there is somewhere else that I should be looking for the idle status.  I have an increasing number of featured hubs which show up on the my account page, just not the idle sign that I saw before on a few.  I have gone over some of the hubs that were not featured and tweaked and that has helped revive them.

  12. Faith A Mullen profile image81
    Faith A Mullenposted 10 years ago

    None for me yet, but I may not have been here long enough yet to have it happen. I am still learning to effectively use SEO, so I won't be surprised if some of mine end up needing tweaking.

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    chrisinhawaiiposted 10 years ago

    Like Goody5, I've found that getting an idled hub featured again only requires changing a word.  But I've heard from others that hubs that are only changed a tiny bit like that usually end up idled again before long, and I've experienced that with some of the hubs that I tweaked in that way.

    It's not just a quality thing.  It's a popularity thing.  Google's computer programs can't tell a competent writer from an untalented hack, so they rely on humans to tell them what's good -- via likes, shares, +1s, tweets, and backlinks from relevant sites.

    So to keep hubs featured in the long run?  I don't thinks it's a big secret.  Promote them.  Keep getting quality links from relevant sites and social media.

    Note:  I'm assuming up front that the hubs are of high quality to begin with.

  14. peachpurple profile image80
    peachpurpleposted 10 years ago

    I have 21 hubs idle out of 96 hubs. I did some changes on a couple of the hubs but still the same status. I will try again to change the details, add videos, polls and change the title  too.

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    paxwillposted 10 years ago

    A lot of mine have been idle at some point, I didn't keep track of how many.  At first I was making minor cosmetic changes to re-feature them, but then I just decided it was better to unpublish them and post them elsewhere. It's not really passive income if you have to babysit your hubs!

    All of the idles I put on Infobarrel are getting more search traffic than they were getting on HubPages, so I'm inclined to think the problem is more with HP and not so much with the writers.

  16. Rock_nj profile image92
    Rock_njposted 10 years ago

    The last two days, HubPages has unFeatured / idled about 20 of my Hubs.  It's all about popularity, not quality.  I will now spend time getting them featured again, when I could have spent it writing a new Hub.  Not a fan of this feature.  A gentle reminder would be useful, but the way they do it is just time consuming, and the NOINDEX tag is not soon forgotten by Google, even if you get back in good with HubPages.  You have to Fetch your domain on Google to get them to start looking at these Hubs again.

  17. TheDatingMom profile image61
    TheDatingMomposted 10 years ago

    I don't have any in idle.  I think it has less to do with layout and writing skill than  traffic and readership.  Or am I wrong?  That's just a conjecture on my part.

    1. Rock_nj profile image92
      Rock_njposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It appears to have everything to do with traffic, which strikes me as being unfair.  I have well written hubs that get idled because they are about obscure topics, and other popular hubs of the same quality that never get idled.

  18. moronkee profile image72
    moronkeeposted 10 years ago

    Thanks for the question. I had one published and later, It was unpublished. I made the necessary corrections but HP didn't approve it so I moved it to another site.

  19. Theophanes profile image90
    Theophanesposted 10 years ago

    I have 124 hubs. I had quite a few idle, maybe 15 or so, when I started to add links to other similar articles at the bottom. Since linking them together in this manner my visitor count has gone up and I only have three idle, all of which were rather ehhh to begin with. I have one unpaid article I adore and was happy to rescue it from an idle state as well. It appears to be doing really well.

  20. TerryK81 profile image61
    TerryK81posted 10 years ago

    A couple of them; I have others that I am going to "upgrade".  Is the idle status maybe due to a lot of other hubs bearing the same topic are already in play mode? It can't be because they are bad, because I know everybody on this site has come across at least 10 topics/questions that make you think twice.


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