Delete or Unpublish?

Jump to Last Post 1-7 of 7 discussions (10 posts)
  1. Dorsi profile image91
    Dorsiposted 9 years ago

    I had made a decision to post the chapters of my book here as hubs over a year ago. I am about half way through my book, and am now wondering if I should unpublish or delete those chapters while I finish up. I would hate to delete because there are lots of wonderful comments....but the readership is now very low for the book and I'm wondering if that helps or hurts my standings here at HubPages or with Google....

    How does unpublishing versus deleting affect standings? I'm clipping along with Adsense now and don't want to rock the boat...

    And I really don't know if I will finish the book this year...2010...I hope too (at least that's my goal!!)

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Neither unpublishing nor deleting would have any effect on your standing with Adsense, if that's what you're concerned about. 

      I don't think it would have a negative impact on your Hubber score either, because all your remaining Hubs probably get more steady readership - so your score might actually go up!

      I think Ohma is right - ultimately you can use the first chapter as a marketing tool.  Personally I'm not a fan of publishing multiple chapters other than to get some early feedback (which you've already done).

      How are you planning to publish?

    2. Richieb799 profile image76
      Richieb799posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Can't you post lots of links to regain traffic on them? or write a hub to promote them and include links inside that hub saying this is your 'diary' of how you worked on the book smile

  2. Ohma profile image71
    Ohmaposted 9 years ago

    I would not delete or unpublish. I would use them to market the book. When the book is done edit the hubs to include a link to "Where we can get the rest of the story"

  3. profile image0
    Janettaposted 9 years ago

    That's a good question, Dorsi. I think it's hard to say how much it would affect your Google rankings. I doubt unpublishing them (I wouldn't delete them either) wouldn't affect your HP rankings much but Google can be a different story.

    If they are still getting traffic, I would just leave them as they are. A little traffic is better than none, which is what you'd get if you unpublished wink

  4. motricio profile image68
    motricioposted 9 years ago

    Google rankings are calculated by key words searches refereed to your hubs, any time a search on Google links to your hub that's a point. As same as here on Hubpages scores.
    If you unpublish your hubm you wouldn't get scores from Google and the visiting counting system is frozen.
    I have an Unpublished Hub that was Published and I need to update, and is not appropriated to make updates editing in parts, It needs to be finished and republished complete.
    Score raised even in Unpublish state, and my general Score is the same.

  5. Dorsi profile image91
    Dorsiposted 9 years ago

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I might try self publishing, I'm not sure yet. I am probably going to end up adding some different elements in the book that will turn into a different little animal.
    A friend of mine went to a writers weekend at Mt. Hermon last year and got lots of great leads for publishing his book (he got to meet publishers face to face) and then he decided to submit his book to one of them..... I just know how ferocious the publishing market can be so I really don't know right now.
    I have no problem promoting myself, I'm pretty good at that but I know there is ALOT I need to learn....

  6. profile image0
    lyricsingrayposted 9 years ago

    I actually learned this from Yoshi, and it has helped me.  Rule of thumb only UNPUBLISH a hub when it's scoring below 50 for over one week. big_smile  Then republish when it, and it will, go up again.   big_smile

  7. Misha profile image67
    Mishaposted 9 years ago

    Leave them alone. Do some keyword research, adjust titles accordingly, and give them some promotion. smile

    1. Dorsi profile image91
      Dorsiposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Ah crud Misha in the interest of experimenting I just unpublished the last 11 chapters. Traffic was creeping to a halt on them, I think the highest chapter was at 70. Lowest around 49. Because it's a memoir the topics are all over the place although I tended to zero in on certain subjects each chapter. I should have named them all something different to begin with instead of chapter 2..chapter 3....blah blah blah.

      Live and learn! I'll be curious to see what happens the next few days and I'll keep you guys posted. If anything Misha I think the idea of writing a new hub with more of a target is a very good one. Especially now since I've linked up with alot of my old friends in business and publishing. It could get some new life and revive my own interest in continuing the project!
      I'm getting my writers voice back after a lull so time to take advantage of!!!
      (and BTW, how come you didn't submit a pic for this years sexy writers hub??? Last years was a hoot and I had SO much fun putting that together)


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)