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Do you think Hubpages articles feature less on google Search like it used to be

  1. kevinbernard31 profile image64
    kevinbernard31posted 4 years ago

    Do you think Hubpages articles feature less on google Search like it used to be few years back?

    Before 2-3 years hubpages would feature in top 10 search results on google, but today less hubs make it to top search results. Why so?

  2. Susana S profile image97
    Susana Sposted 4 years ago

    Yes it's definitely different now. 2 or 3 years ago it felt like nearly anything written on HP would rank high very quickly, even a lot of the crap.

    There are a lot of reasons why things have changed and the main ones in my view are:

    With Google's Panda algorithm 1st launched in Feb 2011, Google completely changed the ways it assessed both page quality and site quality. Hubpages reputation was damaged because it had allowed so much rubbish to accumulate on the site and the site lost a lot of visibility in the search results. HP have been trying to reverse that for the last 2.5 years. http://searchengineland.com/google-pand … act-149519

    There was also the Penguin algorithm released by Google in Apr 2012 which targeted spam backlinks. Anyone using aggressive linking practices to rank their hubs higher would have had their pages/subdomain penalised by this one.

    The other main reason is to do with the weight that google gives website authority and trust. Hubpages articles are now finding it hard to compete in certain niches and they just don't make it anywhere near page 1 or 2 of the search results for particular phrases. For instance, articles on page 1 for something like "cancer treatments" are far more likely to come from authoritative sources (which is really as it should be), rather than a user generated content site.

    Therefore, careful topic selection is much more important nowadays. There are some things that can do well on HP, and some that just can't.

    There was also Google's freshness update in Nov 2011. For some types of search queries, google prefers to display newer pages over older ones. Again, this impacts the types of topics that have the potential to do well on HP and writers need to make sure they're not writing in a "fresh" topic area by doing a bit of research before they write.

    Personally my account has done ok through the various ups and downs and is currently back to what it was before all these google updates. But I have had to do a bit of work to make that happen.

    EDIT: If you want to look at how HP traffic has fluctuated over the last few years check out Quantcast http://www.quantcast.com/hubpages.com

    1. kevinbernard31 profile image64
      kevinbernard31posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Susana thank you for your in-depth explanation about the Panda and Penguin updates. I agree with you how the content quality has effected the web traffic besides the cheap tricks used by most of the people to gather back links.

  3. Thriller profile image80
    Thrillerposted 4 years ago

    In general, Google Panda has downgraded article directories like Hubpages and Squidoo. Today the best bet is to develop authority niche sites with useful and unique content. A one page Hub won't rank as high as a site with ten's of pages on the same topic.