We are excited to announce that we have added a few features to the author profile page on the new platform:
1. A “contact the author” button (unless disabled by the author)
2. The written bio (if any)
3. Social media links (if any)
Note: You may not see the update on your profile for up to 24 hours.
(I do not have a contact option/social links on my account, so you do not see those features in this screenshot.)
Thanks for the update, Samantha. Hopefully, the other issues are fixed soon, too.
I updated my bio to be a bit more general.
I wonder if people actually read it, though.
Thank you, Samantha. I am hoping the Amazon issues are fixed soon, but I am glad other things are progressing well.
I don't like these changes at all. On Google I counted 23 ads down one of my articles, apart from the humungous distracting video at the top. And how come on an auto site I get ads for underpants and bad breath?
This one article has now slipped from page two on Google right off the cliff - not to be found for its two keywords at all in the first 20 pages.
My bet is that Google hate ad stuffing as much as they hate keyword stuffing.
I'd really like to know from others if they've lost google ranking through this update.
Hubpages used to be a worthy partner. We'd get half the revenue and 100% of the Amazon earnings. Great back in the days when Amazon were giving 8%. 100% of 8% was a real incentive to get writing. I can't blame Maven for Amazon's reduction to 3% but now 60% of 3% is barely worth the effort.
But what's worse is that now with this ad stuffing, there's no longer a reader experience involved as they have to carefully trip between paragraphs so they don't click on an ad. Plus what takes up to 20% of the page is the Maven footer full of suggestions of alternative articles to read. Even I fell for one, so immediately leaving my own article behind.
This definitely seems like a step in the right direction! Thanks!
Good to note. But I realize these are not new and hot features. The old hubpages site contained them. However, positioning changes for the social media, as an example. I like and welcome these.
That sounds great Samantha. But where do we write our Maven bio? I don't see that option anywhere.
It's the same bio as on your current HP profile.
I'm not as happy about this as others. Will have to update my bio because it's incongruent with the articles they are now attached to.
NateB11 makes a good point. My bio talks about fish and football and birds and other things. When a reader on PetHelpful sees it, it kind of makes no sense because the only articles they can see are my pet articles.
And they can't get to my other articles even if they wanted to.
I mean, they could I guess, but they'd have to put in some work because there is no link to my main profile on HP. Which is fine, except the bio now makes no sense
I know a lot of writers are happy about this but to me it just seems to further confuse things. It would be better to have an individual bio for each niche site.
The bio on my niche account is much more relevant to the articles the reader will see. My bio on this account seems out of place.
So, for this account, since I mostly get traffic from PetHelpful should I taylor my bio to that? Or, should I just make a generic bio that says hello I'm a writer here I am.
Yes, precisely the point I was making, you fleshed it out well. For me, the bio was really for other writers on HP that want to follow me maybe or whatever, it's not niche specific. But when it is attached to a niche site article it basically makes no sense and is irrelevant.
Good points. Is it possible to include a webpage link on a profile? We could in the past. If that is possible maybe say something on the lines of you write on these topics and are published in different online magazines (or whatever) and ask them to click the link to get a list of all your work. The link would point to your HP profile page.
Niche-specific bios would be the ideal fix.
Both Nate and Eric made good points. When I first saw my bio on the niche sites, I suddenly realized it no longer made sense for readers interested in one specific niche.
So I changed my profile bio to be more generic to work well with all the niche sites where my articles appear. I kept the parts that justify my Expertise, Authority, and Trust (E-A-T), but I removed all references to HubPages, keeping it short and to the point.
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