Over 10 or 11 years I've written about 165 HubPage articles. Some of them have had thousands of views, and others hardly any. 31 of them have had less than 100 visits.
At present my Profile score varies between 91 and 93. Would that score improve if I remove the duff articles, and if so, at what low number of visits would you recommend me deleting them?
I would appreciate advice about whether there is any point in deleting or retaining articles which don't attract readers.
Why not re-write the 'duff articles' instead of deleting them? I had such a read and give it a quarterly edit, and it improves. Did you write for search engines or readers? Give the duffs a thoroughly re-write, including the sub-titles. But the title may need a word or two to be added or removed.
Your profile score doesn't have any importance as far as views and earnings go, so I don't think that should be a motivation. I would say ignore the score, that's what I do. A score in the 90s is high anyway.
I do sometimes delete badly performing articles, though. I can find it unwieldy having a lot of hubs, especially ones that aren't much use. If you've tried multiple times to improve them and get more traffic, but failed, there might be a case for giving up on some of them.
It probably doesn't matter much, though.
Gloriousconfusion, I usually try updating my lowest scoring or performing articles and their hub score usually rises for awhile, but what I find is the score of others then automatically drops and your average hub score stays the same.
If they seem to be going nowhere and still getting no views I may eventually delete them, but I don’t think it matters a lot. I don’t think your score or reputation will be affected either way and anything around 90 or above is good anyway.
Google Authorship is dead, but I wonder does Google track us and look at our bad content and our other activities and use a profile they may have created of us an element in their ranking algorithm?
I've just read some HubPages guidance which says that deleting articles which don't get many visits will actually improve your standing on Google search.
Thanks for your advice, everyone - I'll take that into account too.
Not getting many visits doesn't always mean that it's a bad article. For instance, you can write a genius article on an obscure subject. It might be super-high quality but only get a few views because it's obscure.
To see what Google really thinks of an article, you have to look at a number of factors, for example, how the article ranks compared to the competition in a search.
To assess an article, Google use statistical info such as how long readers stay on the page, how many people link to the article, etc... that info can be found in Google analytics.
None of that has anything to do with the author score, though, which is essentially arbitrary.
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