New hubber here! (Well, sorta new. Started an account years ago and just checked back in.) Still trying to grasp the whole SEO thing and I'm wondering how long it takes to get a hub indexed and how to tell if you have been? Also, are articles on the niche sites more "findable" on google or does it matter?
I've seen it indexed in just a few minutes to several weeks. Hopefully that several weeks has been drastically cut in recent years.
Do a search for the exact title. Not the URL - the title. If Google can find it, it's indexed.
Awesome. Thank you!! Do you feel you see organic traffic from Google increase over months or years or is what you start with kind of what you're stuck with?
Absolutely it increases! My latest hub took only (only!) a year to get up to 300 per day - most took considerably longer to get that kind of traffic consistently.
The niche sites have helped considerably, but even there it takes time to mature.
It can take months or years. I wrote an article last year and organic traffic to it rose rapidly to 1500 views per day over a period of a month. Then it dropped like a stone again when Google implemented a change. Traffic to other guides has taken a few years to rise. It depends on lots of factors including time of the year, popularity, competition, algorithm changes, how comprehensive your article is, whether your lucky enough to get a featured snippet etc.
That helps a lot! Thanks! I did realize that I have a few articles that, while featured by hubpages, are not possible to find in google even when I search for the exact title as well as my name. Is there a way to prompt google to index your site anymore or are those days gone? The only discussions I can find regarding that area six and seven years old.
I am fairly new myself but I have read on the forum traffic often increases with time
I could not find one of my month old articles on google. I asked about it on the forum. Ragged edge looked for it but she added Hubpages to the title and it came right up. Then she told me a couple things in my article that needed changing that was probably affecting traffic, like my references I had not made into links. Silly me, I had not even thought about it. Now I need to go back and change my other hubs. Whew
To find out if a hub is indexed in Google you can do two things:
Copy two to three sentences and put them in quotes "PASTE SENTENCES HERE" or past the URL of your hub in the Google search engine. If you see your hub in either case, it's indexed. Searching by title is very flawed. There are going to be other articles that show up for your title and as Doneta says, it can seem that it is not indexed when it actually is.
Would it not be possible to look at your article, check stats and then click on referrers? If you have had at least one visit by Google it indicates they have crawled your hub. If you have not yet had a visit by Google they have not yet crawled your article and it is not yet indexed.
I'm not sure if HP tracks the google crawler as a visit. From my own website and using analytics, I know that analytics only shows the crawler when I specifically ask it to crawl a URL and this shows as direct and not Google on analytics. I doubt that the Google crawler shows as a visit from Google because I have had hubs in the past that were not that great but were indexed and updates were indexed, but traffic was 0 for the week even though the updated content was indexed.
I think that one visit from Google is an actual person and if the author does not receive this, they could end up thinking that their hub is not crawled.
I am not sure about this, but everytime I publish a new article I see one visit by Google a few days later. Never two visits, and never no visits. For that reason, I think they must notice when Google crawls the hub.
Maybe this is something new?
(I also usually have one visit from Bing, one from Yahoo, one from DuckDuckGo, and one from some .ru site.Never more than one from each of those sites, which is why I think it is a crawl. )
DrMark1961, thanks for responding! I have noticed that as well. After I put up a new hub I often get one visit from Bing, Google, Yahoo etc. and often some visits logged inside the hubs statistics page from very weird places. One yesterday included the N.Y. Giants website. There’s so much I don’t understand about all this! Lol
The NY Giants website? Cool. I guess I am writing on the wrong subject!
Likely not! It was a coffee creamer recipe.....
Now I have this image in my head of a couple of 300 pound linebackers discussing the best coffee creamer! "You should try this one I found on the internet. It is awesome with a good Blue Mountain!"
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