Why are incomplete articles saved as drafts receiving page views? I would prefer to keep them private until I have finished writing them.
If they are not published it will just be counting your own views!
Why are you creating your drafts online? You'd be better off to create them on a word processing program where you can spell and grammar check them before posting and also save them. This way they can't be lost and will be available for easy updating, etc.
I tend to build my articles up on line now on Hub Pages, whereas for Ciao I wrote in Word and pasted. But I haven't been aware of anyone other than myself viewing the drafts.
I can't answer your question as I simply don't know. I have been writing everything on Goole docs to avoid this type of problem. It helps me as I sometimes take a week to publish, or sometimes I change my mind.
I wonder if, at times, an editor or moderator might take a look at unpublished articles? Just a thought.
Nope. Does not happen. I keep track of my views on unpublished hubs lol. I make sure I don't cross 5 before I publish. I've got a certain kind of OCD in that case.
Maybe it's a different story once the hub has been published and then unpublished, but editors do not look at hubs that have never been published.
It happened to me, so you cannot use solely your experience as proof otherwise. A few years ago, we had reports in the forums that some not-yet finished not-yet published hubs received warnings by a moderator as against TOS -- I received one such communication.
Those are your page views. Every time you look at your own page, even a draft, it's a page view.
Keep the article Unpublished until you are ready for the world to see it! I write my articles on Word, and keep anything serious I write on a flash drive. I've had too many computers that "died" with valuable info on them.
The views on Draft are yours, whenever you go in to work on your piece.
Thank you, everyone for your comments and advice. In future I am going to write my drafts in Word - though it does seem to make a long process even longer.
Actually, it doesn't. Once you have spell and grammar checked it, you simply cut and paste the sections into capsules. If you make changes later to the published hub, you can then copy and paste them back to your word copy. It's always smart to keep an up to date copy off line in case, for example, your computer has a problem during the time you are writing or you accidentally cut a section you wanted to keep. Also, sometimes I want to combine articles and can do it easily off line without disturbing my online copies and don't chance losing any wordage.
That's my system too. It's easy once the article is written on Word, to pop it into a group of text capsules. It doesn't take long. Then I update my flash drive. I've had too many bad computer experiences.
I also write for other publications, or for myself. Sometimes I forget about the pieces, and find a good one to put here or somewhere. I write when inspiration strikes. Usually at 3AM!
Thanks. I will try to adopt more sensible habits:) But a question still hangs over drafts being viewed. I just wondered by whom?
I haven't noticed any strange number of views on mine. I write in Word and paste it into capsules on HP, but sometimes it may take me three or four edits to complete an article. I usually come out with the number of views that I've pulled it up.
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