I have not been in this blog platform for a while ...but every time I return there so many issues that seem to be a problem. Why when my articles were okay before when they were posted are they now not good content. This does not make sense to me. I believe my work was standard and I have edited them periodically they never seem to good enough ..is this an ongoing problem with being here? I never feel comfortable that everything is okay ...it really takes the fun out of writing. I did not think we had to be professional journalist. Any response would be helpful. Thank You!
Hi -- I'm not sure about your unfeatured articles since I can't see them, but if they're like the featured aloe vera article, then you my hve a problem with making medical claims. Asserting that the "alphabet" of health benefits from aloe vera is all true, without being either a medical professional or offering any research, sources, or data to back it up, is going to be an issue on Hub Pages (it was a problem I had, so I speak from experience!).
Also, all of those links and Amazon capsules are nowadays a guaranteed problem with QAP.
Good luck getting back into swing of things with the new and improved Hub Pages!
I faced the same problem, you need to edit them where there are errors, editbot made the corrections
You keep saying that it's "strange" that articles that were once acceptable now are not, which tells me that you obviously have not taken the time to read the information in the learning center about creating stellar hubs or to learn about the Quality Assessment Program.
You can't expect to disappear for awhile and then come back and expect everything to be the same. HP is the only writing site that has survived the Google knife, and the reason is that they now demand quality articles that do not have a lot of spam in them. If you want to be successful here, you have to be willing to take the time to create articles that meet the team's criteria. Those who do can earn well, those who don't, simply don't do well at all.
This is not a "blog" site anymore. It never really was. Now it exists for the purpose of supplying information to readers that they want or need and that gives it to them in a way that cannot be found all over the net.
It's not easy. It takes time and it takes patience. I looked at your first article on Aloe and saw that you have stuffed it with keywords and have made it far too short. You need at least 1000 words these days to have a good article. Furthermore, you have numerous grammar, spelling and sentence structure issues and you didn't credit your photo.
Also, the topic is so common that the information can be found anywhere. In fact, it almost appears that you looked up info and spun it to make it appear like it is your own work. All writing on HP must be original. Frankly, for these reasons, I'm surprised this article even got featured.
This may seem like harsh criticism, but it's best that you understand what's going on here so that you can decide whether you want to put the effort in to continue writing here.
I was thinking of smoking cigarettes and riding around in my car without a seat belt. Yes, some things used to be considered okay in the past. Guess what, folks? Things change.
I looked at your site and you have 86 hubs but only a few are featured. The others need to be edited to again be featured. HP wants us to update our hubs so they're current. Some hubs are no longer featured because of no traffic.
The platform is trying to gain credibility so the guidelines are more stringent now. That also happened to many of us. I edited some of my hubs but some I just gave up as they are not getting traffic. I am sure your articles are okay and just a bit of editing will make them once again featured.
One of the things that stop the feature is the Amazon modules that were okay before but now unless you include a substantial description of your own personal experience of the product, the hubs will not pass QAP. One hub I have which is about gifts, I had to delete all the modules for it to pass QAP so there was no point publishing it.
At first, I did not like what HP is doing but you know what it pushed me to work harder in my writing.
Hello, I looked at your article, “The Remarkable Aloe Vera Plant,”
https://hubpages.com/health/Aloe-Vera-- … Remarkable
and noticed some ways you can easily improve it:
1.First, break up the info into chunks by means of headings, for instance, put the phrase “Five unique benefits of the healing plant” into a subtitle capsule. Make sure you capitalize all the words that are four letters or more in your subtitles.
2.The next thing is that there are a few run-on sentences. For an article of this nature, you want short, snappy sentences.
3.Put in more images, which is a great help in breaking up a wall of text and making your article more interesting.
4.Make sure to remove the Amazon capsule, unless you give a good paragraph of why you think your readers should purchase this item.
5. One last thing, you may do well to bold the first letters of your acronym. It will jazz up the text.
Good luck with this!
You are so kind to take the time to look into the issues that I have. It’s strange that it was OK at one time and now they make you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. I had a lot of hits on All of my articles and just makes me wonder if it is worth it. Thank you very much for your time.
I joined HP this past year so I’m not fully qualified to answer your concerns. From what I’ve gathered from others though is that several changes have occurred over the years. One of these changes is quality control. HP is stricter on using Amazon capsules properly, for example, and images require proper sourcing. If you don’t update your articles then Google won’t make use of them and your traffic will go down. If no one is reading your articles then they become unfeatured. I encourage you to keep trying, however, even if it takes several tries to get an article published and featured. Read newer hubs, such as by Linda Crampton, and you’ll get an idea about quality.
It's not that you don't know what you are doing, not at all. It's just that you got used to a certain set of guidelines and they have become more stringent over time to increase credibility of the site as a whole and to help you get more traffic, better rankings and subsequently higher earnings. I know it can be frustrating especially when they may not give a lot of feedback as to what specifically is wrong with an article but if you are willing to put a little work in a lot of us are happy to help. And we've all gone through what you are going through to a greater or lesser degree and have learned what works to get articles featured and moved to niche sites. Maybe strike a balance between wring new articles and updating/editing old ones so it doesn't seem like you are just constantly redoing work you've already done before. Let us know how we can help and post you articles (one at a time) and you will definitely receive suggestions that will help you get your articles featured and moved. Good luck.
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