If a hub dies in the forest, and no one is there to read it...
The more, the better? I'm thinking about deleting any hubs with a score less than 80. However, I've read several hubbers who say that having 50+ hubs helps to maximize earnings here. I don't really care about the earnings, but I'm thinking of weeding out the less popular hubs to increase the visibility of the more popular hubs. Is it a quantity-over-quality game, or am I right in thinking I should just stick with my high performers?
Don't delete them. You can also improve them by editing them, updating them and sharing them a few times a day. I have a bunch that's under 70 and the rest in the 60s. But I keep the traffic going to them a few times a week. But it's up to you though.
Google said in their webmaster blog a while back that poor performing pages on a website will pull down the ranking of the remaining site. This applies to individual subdomains as well.
So, what I have always done, and it seems to work for me, is try to improve any hubs that fall below 80 and have little traffic. If I fail to achieve that after a few tries, then I delete them. But that is the last resort.
Note that you can have hubs that get good traffic and have low scores. So you need to consider both. Hub Scores don't mean that much. There are so many factors that make hubs successful.
With that said, I need to add that you should not ignore the high scoring hubs. I find that working on them for improvement is easier than trying to improve poorly performing hubs.
In any case, when trying to improve a hub, read it as if you were reading someone else's hub. This is what I do. Check to see if you are delivering in the promise of the title. Are you staying focused or going off on unnecessary tangents. Many times I read articles where the author loses me because they are too wordy with useless unrelated text. Make sure you're not doing that.
Every hub can be improved. I do it all the time. Every time I reread one of my own hubs, I find something I can improve on.
Remember, deleting hubs is the last resort. If the subject is useful and is something people search for, a little improvement can go a long way.
First of all, welcome to HubPages! I've been here nearly 4 and a half years. I have deleted about 6 hubs in that time. Every time I delete a hub every single view that hub received was subtracted from my total number of page views, and my hubber score went down.
Have you been to the Learning Center? It's full of good information to help people succeed here.
Here is a link that you may find of interest if you haven't seen it before: http://darkside.hubpages.com/hub/Hubscore It explains as much as anyone is willing to tell around here, how a hub score is determined and what is a good hub score and what is not so good.
Quantity is important but they must all be quality hubs. I would not delete hubs. I haven't yet. Try to tweak or re-write if you need to. I agree that the more hubs you have makes it better for your subdomain in the long run. Paul Edmonson says improve the high performers as well to help increase traffic and earnings. Updating all of your hubs is key to improving their performance as well. Good luck, Serenity!
The more the better is certainly the answer.
One secret is the greater quantity of quality articles that 'are' popular the better. Here is where the contrast between quality and popularity arrives. One could use that as a theme for writing an intriguing mystery novel spanning the characters over generations. Each of your hubs is an 'individual, independent, and autonomous' character in that mystery.
Article maturation is an important! It is suggested by most successful Hubbers that time period is 6 months to a year. That is the time to rank an article within the Google Search Engine. Here is where Search Engine Optimization knowledge enters the picture.
To understand article maturation one must consider there basically are two types of views. Inorganic views and organic views. Inorganic views are from within HubPages communities. Organic are views from outside those communities most arriving from within Google[dot]com Remember 'all views count'. To see that at work follow these easy steps;
GOTO your My Account Page → Traffic Sources (Gray Header above your stats). There you will discover the sources of your traffic for your Hubber Profile as a whole. The first column is labeled domain. That indicates where your views are coming from. For more join Google Analytics.
Search Engine Optimization comes into play seeking 'More' Organic Views. Those may come from sharing at the many Social Media sites like Facebook, using Twitter, and posting at Google+ as 'only' three of many examples. Other sources are joining or creating niche topic writing groups, joining niche topic forums, or other outside sources for Organic Traffic.
So, with a little thought answering the question of quality contrast popularity is not an easy answer. Please remember each article stands on its own with both quality and popularity. There simply is not enough space here to explain how Google ranks articles.
A hint is the Hub-to-Hub relationship is primarily referring to each other. That is where grouping hubs is important within a like 'Niche' Topic. There is a grouping feature at HubPages My Account Page. So, deleting a hub to make another hub popular is a wide stretch IMHO early in the life of your Hubber Profile also known as a subdomain with SEO.
However, again IMHO the key is "One secret is the greater quantity of quality articles that 'are' popular the better" while remembering each hub is "Individual, independent, and autonomous".
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