Tweaking or Moving on...

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  1. misslong123 profile image81
    misslong123posted 4 years ago

    At what point do you stop nitpicking on old, beautiful hubs that make no money and just start belting out new ones instead??

    1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image81
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It's a great question, and I guess it is one you have to answer for yourself.

      1. misslong123 profile image81
        misslong123posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        LOL. True. I am just wondering if anyone else has been in my shoes. I guess I write on a lot of ideas that no one wants to read or the subject is already out there, because I bust my butt making them as pretty and comprehensive as ever, yet I still get super low scores and no traffic. Before I knew what SEO was I made decent money; doesn't make much sense to me!

        1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image81
          Wesman Todd Shawposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          I'm going to completely rewrite some of my older things which had once been somewhat successful, but are no longer doing much.

          Your titles always matter a whole lot. Sometimes just tweaking your title, making it more representative of the content on the page, can work minor miracles.

    2. greenmind profile image96
      greenmindposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Almost immediately! I have found that polishing articles that I love but get little traffic is pretty pointless. Low-performing articles seem to be permanently unloved by search engines no matter how much you work on them or how much you yourself love them.

      1. misslong123 profile image81
        misslong123posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you greenmind! That is actually really helpful, because apparently I don't write on subjects people want to read! I need to move on and find a more needed topics like knitting, which I have another username for with only 10 hubs compare to this one with over 100 hubs, yet they both make the same money! It's all about the niche!

    3. janshares profile image90
      jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Very good question, misslong123. My short answer is start belting out new ones because you're more likely to get those on the niche sites and make new money.

      My long answer is a question: What will you do with those articles you stop tweaking? Is it beneficial to keep them? It depends on your goal.

      For some of us, I guess it also depends on how long we want to stick with all the metrics that make us good hubbers at HP: "write lots of stellar articles," "keep your hub scores up," "have a decent hubber score," "edit your articles often," "participate in the community forums."

      My point is perhaps the Maven acquisition and the changing environment of online writing in general has caused us to rethink what we're doing and why we're doing it.

      Philosophical rant over. hmm

      1. misslong123 profile image81
        misslong123posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, lol, a bit of that went over my head, but I like your idea of aiming toward new money. I have read about people who delete their unpopular hubs,etc. but I am just not sure I have the heart to do that to my babies. lol. Maybe just unpublish them (especially if they are seasonal).

        I do like you sharing the elements that make us good hubbers (which I'm a flake, but I have goals to become better).

        I have written several stellar hubs, but only a few of my hubs have made it to 10,000 views over the past 6(ish) years.

        I have also racked my brain trying to worry about my hubber and hub scores, but unless they give me some guidance there or if I read something new in the Learning Center, it's all up in the air as to what I am writing or changing!

        You definitely kicked my butt in gear with the last part (participating in community forums). We need to find a hub that explains the best way to do this and how it can help you. If you find an article or help section that lays that out black and white, I would love to read it!

        You are an excellent hubber Janshares, as I have found you many times in my browsing history!

        1. janshares profile image90
          jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Glad I could help, sorry if some of that was just me talking out loud and not making sense. I hope you make the best decision for yourself.

    4. Kenna McHugh profile image94
      Kenna McHughposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I tweak my articles and write new articles. I find it rewarding. When I tweak, I see mistakes and learn from them, so when I write new articles I am more aware of any possible mistakes I might make. The reward is CPMs, money, and portfolio.

      The Internet is a fickle beast, and being competent is the key to taming it.

      1. misslong123 profile image81
        misslong123posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Kenna,

        I have done that too in the past, but I have also found that my somewhat ok hubs that I choose to redo and refresh a bit to go down in hub score after I update it. I'm like, Whaaaat?!?! I was making it better sad

        So, I'm a little more cautious as I don't want the hub score to go down, although isn't it traffic we are trying to achieve, not high hub scores?

        I don't know, but thanks for sharing!
        Michele

    5. OldRoses profile image97
      OldRosesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Stop tweaking and start writing new material.  Believe it or not, those old, unloved hubs will eventually come alive.  My most popular hub for the past 6 months was one that I wrote in 2014 which languished literally for years.  I tweaked it a few times and then gave up.  Suddenly Google loves it.  It's getting more traffic than any other of my other hubs, including my previously most popular ones.

      1. misslong123 profile image81
        misslong123posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Wow! That is awesome! That may be what I should do. My first hub that swallowed the scores of all my others has now gone to dead last as a hub score. i don't understand why. They made it unfeatured as well. I did make some changes but it went no where. I may just leave it alone instead of having nightmares of someone cutting off my hair because of the bad hub score. lol (it's about growing long hair)
        Thanks, Michele

        1. OldRoses profile image97
          OldRosesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Ignore hub scores and hubbers scores.  They are meaningless.  The only score that matters is Google.  Google does not send traffic to a hub because of its score or your score.

          1. misslong123 profile image81
            misslong123posted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you. That is very helpful, because it's just not touched upon in the HubPages learning center. I suspected as much, but it still bugged me to see great hubs I wrote to be scored at 49. I'm like, well, crap, I spent 4 days on that! lol

            1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image81
              Wesman Todd Shawposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              I'm just seconding what she said. I've nearly 10 years of messing around here, and I know what she said was true.

              1. Will Apse profile image89
                Will Apseposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                I misread that as "I'm just absconding", lol.

  2. Kenna McHugh profile image94
    Kenna McHughposted 4 years ago

    My changes are subtle, but I occasionally catch typos and grammar mistakes.

    1. misslong123 profile image81
      misslong123posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I see them from time to time, but I have gotten in the habit of ignoring them, because when I fix them (sometimes) my score just drops like in half! lol. I never understood that!

 
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