I joined HP nine years ago and was quite active for a while but then other things got in the way..
The thing is, money kept dribbling in. Not much, but enough and often enough that it finally caused me to come back. I’ve recently posted several new articles and am enjoying writing again.
I’m also pleased to see a few old HP names I remember.
Good to be back!
Well, God bless and welcome back!!! I so totally remember you!!! This site has totally changed in the interim, but the money does indeed keep rolling in. Am very much looking forward to dialogue with you.
Welcome back Tony! Good to see you’re back and active again. A lot has changed since you were gone. If you choose one thing to focus on now that you are back, I would suggest getting your old hubs moved to the niche sites where they will earn revenue. Hubs on the home site don’t enjoy good ranking from search engines. You can submit one every 14 days after getting them ready for acceptance. I’m going to check out your new additions.
They have moved several without my asking. I need to rework or delete the older ones that are not doing anything.
Anything else I should know about the new regime and all?
What does it mean when the green Hubpro indicator has a red exclamation mark in it?
That means your article has been edited. Click that green circle with the red mark, and it will take you to where you can view the edits.
It means HP has edited your hub and you need to check it out. Click on the red mark to see the changes
The exclamation mark means that the editors made changes to your hub to bring it up to standards required for a niche site. The exclamation mark goes away when you examine the changes, but the indicator remains so you'll always know which hubs were modified. You can always click the indicator to see a log of all the changes the editors had made.
It's just harder to make money here now than it used to be. I had to up my game a few levels. I definitely make a whole lot more now than I used to. I've also deleted a ton of junk that wasn't doing much.
I moved those things to blogger. I felt like I had good ideas, I just threw the pages together. I'm going to rewrite a lot of stuff so that it suits my current level of work.
Just as you had done, Wesman, I also deleted many hubs in the past that were not performing well. It helped the remaining hubs get better recognition by Google.
I also deleted comments people left that had poor grammar and misspellings. Since Google bots don't know the difference between the main content and the comments, it works to get rid of them.
Also any comments people leave that don't add value, or are off topic, need to go. I found removing these also helped increase ranking.
I wouldn't agree, however, that it's harder to make money now. I've seen a constant growth of revenue over the years. Of course, it does require constant attention to detail, Google requirements, and other changes required. It's a business, after all. Or at least it needs to be treated as such—as I mentioned in one of my tutorials.
I'm glad to hear you say that you believe deleting lesser material caused the better material to get more rank. I had had that theory, but I didn't have anything at all to confirm it with.
I'm pretty certain you know more about how all this works than I do. So I'm congratulating myself on having had the same idea, despite nothing in the way of evidence.
Thanks for the tip about comments. I felt for sure that comments off the topic were like baggage to a page, but I'll now at least start to think to, when looking at a page, check over to see if there are comments I should get rid of.
I'm definitely on the up and up with growth from this. It's why I stay logged in at pretty much all times. It could be my problem is I'm seeing it as exactly that, a business, and so I'm working. I don't like working. I like doing things for fun only. Heh. Anyway, it seems like I used to be able to just sit down and produce something very good within an hour.
I can't do that any more. These days I think over what to say, what to not say, and by golly, can I not get a better picture somewhere? I never publish a thing in a day any more. I might spend two weeks thinking about it.
They’ve usually told me about edits and I accept them. I’ll check these.
Welcome back, Tony! It's great to see your friendly face again!
Welcome back, Tony! You still look the same.....
I didn't know abut the junk comments or bad hubs affecting traffic either. I have two story hubs that are hilarious but getting no traffic. One friend read my hub on children selling toads and she came up to me laughing her head off and told me about it. But nobody is looking for such stuff. It was also fun and easy to write. I also have a hawaii hub on Wanderlust that is not getting much traffic, but I am going to play with its title some since the editors took it to the nich site.
Don't be in a hurry to delete stuff. Sometimes it just takes a while. I've had hubs take off after a year of not doing much. You've been here such a short time, I think it's too early to delete hubs just because they don't get traffic. Now, if you really think they are no good, that's another matter.
Doneta, Just because you're not getting traffic doesn't mean low quality. You might just not have a subject that people are searching for.
Sometimes adjusting the title works, but you need to wait much longer to see what keywords people are using to get to your hub. You can see that under the stats on each hub.
Sometimes I see that people are finding a hub for the wrong reason and they click away real quick. In that case I know I need to update the hub so I don't get unrelated traffic. The short duration only reduces the ranking.
As Sherry Hewins said in her reply, you need to wait much longer. Three months is not enough. Be patient and let Google discover how well your content works with readers (based on duration).
When I said I deleted a lot of my hubs, that was only after several years of constant adjustments that didn't work.
Welcome back Tony, nice to see a friendly old face back in town. I hope all's been while on your end and we continue to see more of you on the forums.
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