Can someone explain to me how a hub with 278 comments gets booted from featured?
So I noticed today that a hub I have that was getting daily views up until losing the Featured circle and has over 270 comments suddenly has lost the H circle next to it. How does that happen?
Because their idle/featured system is flawed. No one can figure out why certain hubs of theirs are going idle while other seeming less popular hubs in their accounts are still featured. And if you start a thread about it on the forum, you just get staff's usual canned answers that just boil down to "We're working on it."
The only thing I can think of is maybe your hub wasn't getting traffic from Google? Most of the time comments are left by logged in users, and internal traffic isn't enough to keep something featured from what I've gathered.
I just moved my idled hubs to Infobarrel, plus a lot of my featured hubs that I suspected might go idle because they were heavily interlinked with my idle hubs.
It's not getting enough search engine traffic is the reason they tend to get unfeatured. I've had a couple of mine do that, makes me crazy. All you need to do is edit and tweak a couple of things and it will go right back into featured status usually.
Hi Peeples, I had a hub about Hot Weather Tips for Dogs idled the other day and it gets a lot better traffic than some of my health hubs. (I even have one about African fritters that only gets about 5 views a month and is not idled.) When I was looking into it, I figured out that there is a plethora of articles about Hot Weather Tips for Dogs--the articles about Slentrol (and the African fritters) have almost no other sites on the web.
Do you think HP might have idled your hub because there were too many similar sites? I cannot imagine any other reason, since it sounds like the article was still getting traffic.
Marisa Wright and Randy Godwin point out that it is a waste of time to just tweak them since they will be idled again, but it may be worth a try.I made some changes to that Hot Weather article and it is featured again. For how long?
There's no definitive answer to this, but I do know that every time this happens to me, I go back into the hub and usually can figure out why it happened. In my case, it's because I tend to veer off topic! Analyze your hub to see what the problem might be. Good luck.
As frustrating as it is, it is no longer a mystery to me. I have had hubs that I thought were hot to trot go idle. What I discovered was that the idled hubs were not receiving much outside traffic. Oh, sure my friends and fellow hubbers were viewing it day and night, but I wasn't getting traffic from people who weren't my friends and followers.
While internal traffic is good, outside traffic is what we really want from our hubs. Tweaking idled hubs may bring a hub back to life, but it may not be good enough for sustainability. Reformatting, doing more research to give a hub more "meat" is what gives a hub a fighting chance for reaching the Google masses and for survival.
Now, when a hub goes idle I don't get frustrated. I look at the hub and determine whether or not I can make it better - meatier. If I can make it better, then I do it and republish it. If not, then I just delete it. I don't even waste time putting it on another website because if it is not good enough for HubPages, then it is not good enough anywhere else.
peeples, if you have 278 comments, that is an indication that you have a very valuable hub. Try going a little deeper with it. Answer a question that a reader might have after reading it. I believe, all you need to do is intensify the hub (make it meatier) and you will bring it back to a long life.
Remember, HubPages is not here to hurt us; they are here to help us. When you succeed, they succeed. And, no, my comment is not a paid endorsement. This is just what I have discovered from observation.
I agree with Christin S, they are just not catching the SEO traffic at the moment. Do NOT delete them, tweak them, beef them up a bit and then go over to www.Pingomatic.com and send out a ping on them to let the SEOs know that they have been upgraded. You will be amazed at how quickly they will pick up some interest! Keep on hubbing!
I can only give you my observations that I have seen in my own hubs. Basically, I had a bunch of hubs taken off featured status shortly after I edited them and put in a few links. I looked back at them and found out why... it had nothing to do with the links. It had all to do with having potentially objectionable language - be it real words for body parts in my biology articles or the petty swearing and general on-edge nature of my satire. I am not sure if comments count... but seeing as you had so many comments I have to wonder if it was on some hot button issue? Or was strongly worded? If it is, I am sorry, I am of little help.... I understand such things can't really be censored without hurting their style. Good luck.
by Randy Godwin5 years ago
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