I just recently went through my many hubs and came to realize that almost every hub I did involving youtube videos had broken links. So I went to go fix the links only to find that these hubs were lame. I started deleting all hubs that don't generate traffic or are just plain substandard.
Went from 227 hubs to 167 in one night.
Has anyone else had this pleasure of cleansing?
I've never done that. I have a couple of unpublished hubs, but I haven't deleted any. One hub I unpublished because Google said it violated TOS (I don't believe it did), but I just didn't want any trouble. Another hub I unpublished at the request of a family member.
But if a hub isn't getting any traffic, I would not delete it. I would try to think how to get it more traffic.
Most of my Hubs (96 percent) are evergreen but some dont turn views more then one or two a week! What I do now is improve the seo on them and maybe rewrite and retry them out in the world, although they get 1 or 2 hits a week there all from Google and generally they get 1 to 2 clicks a month - worth keeping!
I just wiped out several, but not that many - at least not yet. It wasn't really about whether they were performing. It was more a matter of "that was then/this is now" as far as my thinking they were even at all worth posting. Some I decided I could make better use of. The only way to "fix them" would have been to essentially write a whole new Hub about the same subject, but with a different approach. I feel good. More are going.
I occasionally go through and weed out all of the hubs I have started but am never going to finish, either because I found the topic too narrow or too broad.
I rarely delete hubs. I sometimes unpublish them, so as to work on later. If I find something that needs to be completely re-worked on the hub that I have to scrap the entire hub, then I delete it.
Otherwise, I try not to delete any hubs, because 80% or better, a hub can be re-written or re-worked to be better.
Don't do that! Shock from the thought that you just deleted more hubs than I've written nearly stopped the old ticker dead!
So far I've deleted nothing, though I've thought about it for a few that just don't get any organic traffic at all. I'm still concentrating on writing new stuff, while trying to understand good SEO, but one day I hope to re-write the older stuff that is of poor quality or just can't seem to pull any traffic.
I reversed my earlier position on that.
I once said to NEVER delete a Hub, but if nothing you do makes it perform any better, why keep it?
It lowers your averages, not only average Hub Scores, but Adsence eCPM as well.
But I only delete a Hub after I have tried everything with it.
As a matter of fact, I have one with a bullseye on it now, just waiting till months end.
Not arguing about deleting non-performing hubs that cannot be "fixed", but why would you care about averages for hub scores or eCPM? Neither one affects actual earnings or performance of other hubs...
I understand that if it affects the hubber score it might affect an organic readers willingness to read other hubs, but I would find that doubtful as well.
well i have decided to delete myself twice from hub pages, and took all my hubs down, this time i am keeping them all...... good or bad.
I would never delete any of my hubs! I have worked hard on them and am proud of even the ones that don't get much traffic. They can all be improved and I am learning about how to do so!
I could see how you could argue "smart pricing" (if it exists and if it affects whole sites) as a reason, but I have not seen convincing evidence of that yet, and even it were true, that would be for poorly converting hubs, so you would just take Adsense off and try Amazon or whatever.
I could see deleting something that is so bad that it might cause someone to not read anything else you write, but that is a bit unusual, right?
Also, a "bad" page can be a gateway to a better page.
Smart pricing? I haven't heard that term before in my search for internet knowledge. Please explain!
Now not everything you read on the interwebs is gospel, but here is an article about smart pricing...
http://www.adsensehowto.net/google_adse … _works.php
Note: "One poorly converting site can result in smart pricing impacting an entire account, even sites completely unrelated to the poorly converting one."
Taking that idea, what about instead of deleting the poorly performing Hub, just remove Adsense from it?
Holy cow! That is a huge number.
I seldom delete my hub unless for some matters. One of the main reason or when I will delete a hub is when I just started writing, and within the next few minutes I lost my interest in it.
With that, there's definitely comes the Delete button
I personally doubt poor performing hubs affecting one's hubscore! I have some too, but it doesn't seem to have any effect on my profile score!
Even if it did, so what? Show me that they affect Adsense and I'll be deleting stuff like mad, but otherwise, who cares?
I have no idea about hubscores, i just know that when I first got here, i made hubs at a pace that scared some people. Now most of them are tweakable but there are some that just wreak of desperation. Putting something out just to keep stimulating the community, so to speak.
Some of them were poems, which do not really belong here anyway.
I make lists mostly so none of them could possibly be deleted considering how much time went into them. But hubs about non-evergreen topics will get u every time. I made hubs about my favorite baseball team, predicting the Oscars, American Idol, zzzzzzzzzzzz. STALE!
I'd agree that non-evergreen hubs are not the best way to go.
However on a brighter note I remember Marisa Wright mentioning that she had a hub that did nothing for 15 months then took off and earnt her $200 over the following 9 months. So you never know!
If you watch the new Hubteam video from Nora, she goes into how purely personal content isn't right for HubPages. If a total stranger wouldn't care about the info or be helped by it because it's just about you, it's better to delete that stuff.
I bet over the course of the next few months, you see much better performance from your Hubs.
Hey DJ I know what you mean. I wrote some hubs that were very "of the moment" and now look back and wonder should I just unpublish them or?? I don't have the heart to delete them though...
That was alot of hubs for you to delete but hey, if it makes you feel better then whatever works...
Good to see you by the way!
I deleted half my hubs last week. They were too similar to what I have on my blog site, and I want traffic there more than here. Plus, I have come to realize that hubs that get traffic are not bloggish essays. The public wants to know how to bake a chocolate cake, how to put socks on in the morning, and how to pet your dog.
I would say just unpublish, polish them up and publish again.
I deleted 3 hubs which hubscores is below 55 and the rest get more impression !
Hubscore affecting click-through is ridiculous. Get that out of your head.
and that is exactly the attitude most should have. However there doesn't seem to be a way to improve a hub on a season of American Idol that has passed or an Oscar prediction hub. Some topics do not belong here. I do agree Cordale and oithers that deleting something just because the hubscore is bad is rediculous. It won't get you more clicks on other hubs either.
My achilles heel has alwasy been hubkarma. I work my ass off on a piece and now I gotta go seek out people to refer you to? it's rough.
Just ignore it. The effect it has on Hubscore is utterly insignificant.
Don't worry about it too much, Jamie. It's just to encourage relevant interlinking, not to stress you out.
PS> I emailed you back like two weeks ago. You going to leave a sister hanging?
I have deleted perhaps 10 hubs since starting. Those were so bad it was unreal, and I couldn't be assed to rewrite. One never went over 50 for a hubscore, another never above 54. I deleted them both, published a new hub, tagged my newest hubs, and hey presto... first 100 hubberscore in yonks...
I know some of my hubs need to be improved and I will do that but I will never delete them (besides I am speaking about hubs that are above 58).
I had some hubs I knew would never be relevant again, so I scrapped them. But I'm constantly re-organizing everything in my life, so it's just a part of my personality.
by Kenna McHugh 4 weeks ago
Some of us have mentioned deleting low-performing articles from your Hubs. I sense they do it because it increases views/impressions. How does that increase views/impressions?
by Nathan Bernardo 6 years ago
How many times do you edit an idled Hub before deleting it? Or do you keep it idled so that links to it are still good? Also, for what reasons do you either leave it idled or delete it or still try to fix it? I have one Hub which I've edited a few times, and this last time after I edited it, it...
by Robert P 3 weeks ago
I have a few hubs that I wrote about 10 years ago when I first started writing on hubpages that are not very good. They are pretty thin on content and get little or no traffic now. Some of them have even been unpublished due to lack of traffic or for quality. I am not disputing that they are not...
by Chace 5 years ago
Some people say you should never, ever delete a hub...only edit it and such. What makes you just completely trash your own hubs?
by Kristin Kaldahl 5 years ago
I have a quick question. If I unpublish a hub, does Google "see" that it's still sitting in my account and thus punish me for it, or should I be totally deleting hubs that I decide are not garnering enough traffic? Some of them I'd like to keep around until I get the time to...
by theirishobserver. 9 years ago
Yesterday I spent some time deleting some of my Hubs that were performing badly is this a good idea as my Hub score seems to have taken a big hit.
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