Currently, I have over 300 published hubs. Some of them do quite well, but a lot of them get virtually zero traffic.
Many of these are poems. Others are random rants.
Question is, for those that have "earned" the notorious "unfeatured for lack of traffic" button, would it help me to just delete those items?
Ultimately, it is a personal choice, although it is good that you are putting it out here. I have some too and I plan to upgrade them with new photos, link problems, etc.
If you have done all that and they are still in the background, then perhaps you may have other ideas for them. What's your thoughts?
The poems, probably just delete and move to my personal journal; maybe desktop publish them one day. The rants? Maybe a blog? But I already have 3 neglected blogs; I'm trying to focus here, as this is my only writing site that pays even peanuts.
You the time wisely, if Hub Pages seem to be generating revenue, perhaps. Best wishes.
Maybe for your poem hubs you can add content relevant to the poems. Or share what inspired you to write it, etc.
Poetry, even on Letterpile, doesn't really earn. Rants belong on a blog. So maybe you want to get rid of those. Try working on other articles that are not earning. Add/change photos. Add links. Add material. Re-arrange your capsules.
I had 18 unfeatured hubs and now have 137 of them. Wonder why so many all of a sudden. I do not want to remove them. Seems the only way to potentially get them featured again is to edit them. But that's a lot of editing.
It's not really a lot of work, you only need to change a sentence or two to get them Featured again.
If it's Featured but still on HubPages.com, see if you can improve it enough to submit it to the niche sites - that's your best chance of getting more traffic.
"Question is..., would it help me to just delete those items?"
No. Having unfeatured Hubs makes absolutely no difference to the success or failure of your other Hubs.
The only negative of unfeatured Hubs is that they're not earning.
I suggest unpublishing them now. Then take a look at Medium.com to see if you could repurpose some of them there.
I often think about this very issue myself. I feel like it would clear up my account, make it easier to look through my list of articles to clear out and get rid of articles.
Less is More
Last year I had over a hundred articles. Then I deleted all those that were getting 0 views per month. I am now down to 41 published articles, most of which on are niche sites.
The main advantage is that I can now concentrate on updating, revising and promoting existing articles when their views drop.
As for the deleted articles, they may kept in a folder in the cloud like Google drive, DropBox or iCloud for (perhaps) future reworking.
Have any of you tried Medium? If you take a look (you need to join to see them, but it's easy), you'll see that the articles they feature are very different in content and style from here. Which is a good thing, because you might find that articles which don't work on HubPages will work over there.
I believe they had (or used to have) a poetry section and they also accept opinion pieces.
Someone else was talking about Medium on another thread, convinced me to start writing there. I was already thinking about it anyway. I'm probably going to do opinion pieces there, those kind of articles just don't fly here.
Everyone is facing this problem of low traffic and what to do with unfeatured hubs.
Frankly speaking unfeatured hubs require compete overall and update and if it does not work it is better to remove them from there and post in general sites or blogs.
Inviting friends and other known people to your hubs might help to some extent but you have to reciprocate and view their work in the internet if anything like that exists. Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram etc might help in this exploration.
Nothing moves ahead till traffic is there.
Has something changed? If a Hub is unFeatured for lack of traffic, there is NO need to do a complete overhaul. Changing just one sentence will put it back through the system and get it Featured again.
The only thing to bear in mind is that getting it Featured won't fix the "lack of traffic" problem. Fixing that will require research to understand what people are searching for, and how you can update your title and opening lines to attract that search traffic.
Inviting friends will get you a few views but not nearly enough to fix the problem.
If an article hasn't gotten any traffic in its first 3 years, it is a pretty good bet that the Google algo has permanently made up its mind. It is time to implement the Old Yeller scenario.
I feel since the articles are just about 300 you might as well let articles remain unless you are going to publish them elsewhere
What I was telling was not about the hub unfeatured because of traffic issues. It was those which are unfeatured because of quality.
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