Facebook is deleting “likes” all over the place. Goodbye to all those lovely organic links…
Doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it either. Unless the default for all "likes" is now gradually being set to private and friends-only. Which means Google is never going to see them. That is not good news...
Check your hubs.
Where did you hear that? I did a search, news search, facebook search, and couldn't find anything to substantiate this claim.
Same here. No confirmation anywhere.
Except, if you start checking hubs with known likes, many of them are no more.
As to why this is so, I'm just speculating like everyone else.
Check your hubs.
Untrue. Recently someone else posted in the forum that when they went to edit their hubs, some which had lots of likes on FB, after the editing was done, then the "likes" were also gone.
It could be just a glitch in Hubpages. However, I still have my likes on all the hubs that have them.
One of my hubs had 130 "likes" and now, they are all gone
The main reward for quality is getting lots of likes aka links for google to count. That is how google knows it’s a good hub. And thus how success comes about. If quality is no longer able to be recognized by google, then this “game” has just become too damn hard…
Let’s hope to hell all those earned links are still publicly out there, and the disappearing counts on our hubs are for a completely different reason.
I've just made a cursory check of my hubs known to have likes and they are all still there. Also, I have dozens of hubs that have no likes at all and they are still showing on the first page or near the first page of google for the keywords I'm targeting. So the likes are no where near what it takes to be found by Google.
I think you are placing too much emphasis on the importance of likes for your hubs. They certainly can be a benefit but no more or less than other social bookmarks.
Social bookmarking is only as good as your network. This means you have to have a large network.
I thought facebook links were all nofollow anyway, so they would have a small or non-existent effect on search engine rankings. Was I wrong about that?
All I know is that my multiple-liked hubs got traffic and my other hubs did not. So maybe the links are no-follow, but they most certainly were counted, added up, and given brownie points accordingly.
The links on facebook are nofollow unless they are on a fanpage or group page. The like and tweet buttons at the top of all our hubs count as votes in favor like diggs and SU's, and from here they are only as valuable as the size of the social network that views it.
When a person clicks on like or tweet it gets posted on that persons wall or account, if that person has hundreds or thousands of followers then potentially hundreds or thousands of other people will see it, trust the person that liked or tweeted it and then follow to like or tweet as well. If the person has only a few followers in his/her network then there is not much of a benefit.
Likes and tweets can improve the traffic to your content and the traffic will improve the ranking of your content.
The only part of facebook that Google uses is Fan Pages, Bing uses public data on profiles only.
*edit* noticed a few different viewpoints on this.
In a recent interview with both Google and Bing the two search engine giants discussed social media. WHiel they do not bother with most social media, they both use (Microsoft will be using it a lot more in the future, most of their SM ranking algorithm changes are in the works) Twitter and Facebook to help judge what people are finding interesting. They both use these social media tools in slightly different ways, but they are now both using twitter and facebook as part of the rankign algorithm.
Alas, I do not. And there was no editing involved. Plus, I recollect HP responded in that other thread that it wasn't HP's doing.
I'm going and checking more hubs. And not just mine.
Some of mine are gone. Some are not. No editing involved. Weird.
I’m done with this for the day.
If others are missing likes, hopefully they will report it here.
Better yet, no one reports anything missing. And both me and the other person’s likes will have reappeared by tomorrow.
does anyone have official word about this? I noticed sunforged mentioned it yesterday on the hubfeed that FB is deleting likes. I looked on some of my hubs this morning, and the likes are gone or fewer.
I guess blackhat folks created some sort of bot to produce likes to their articles which got noticed by FB spam team.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.med … book.spam/
I just found this and it looks as if the cuts are aimed at reducing spam likes.
Well, even more of my likes have disappeared.
If this turns out to be some sort of weird glitch, then consider the above image as humor.
If, however, this turns out to be tied in with all the other recent FB news, then this is definitely not humor.
If anyone can shed some light on this it would be much appreciated.
I can also absolutely and categorically state that none of my likes are/were spam likes. If that is indeed what FB is doing here, then they are screwing up big time and hurting innocent people.
they can help in directing the right traffic to hubs. I recently had a quite prominent contact that ended up liking one of my hubs. It's those people that can make that 'like' feature beneficial.
Exactly, its the quality and size of the network of the person that "likes" your content or "tweets" your content. It's the same for all social networks. The larger your network the further your reach but quality matters because if you are just a random follower or have random followers the quality of those likes and tweets will show no or little benefit.
now I just checked that hub and all the likes are gone...
I don't understand. they were not spam likes.
That happened to me too! I had 2 high traffic hubs one which had over 630 likes and another 162 likes the last time i checked it and now i have only 2 likes. I was hoping that some miracle would happen and i would see the same numbers again... But...
The next thing to wonder about is if the hubs with the deleted likes are now permanently blacklisted. If no new likes show up in a reasonable amount of time, then the answer is a very probable yes.
well lets test that theory. Give me a hub you know had likes, Ill go like it and see if it appears.
Okay, go check.
Edit: I see the like show on your page but it did not show up on my wall on FB.
hmm, I just checked all of the 10 hot hubs in the Hubs category and hardly any of them are showing likes...
I'm going outside, enough techie talk for me. my FB plug in recommendation is only showing hubs shared and the # of shares, no likes from anyone on anybody's hubs.
I am 99% certain that these 2 news stories tie in to our missing likes somehow.
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/01/ … likes-ads/
http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20 … w-paid-ads
Well...I never got any Facebook 'likes' to notice any difference.
Used to feel left out (no friends) but now I don't feel so bad.
There's very little chance that Google is going to index Likes anyway. Even if your profile is public that doesn't mean the outside world can see it unless they're logged into Facebook.
Between the earlier articles posted about spam-likes and these new articles, plus some other research; I have now concluded that those missing likes (and their associated, google counted-up links) are never coming back. And that is that.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes google to discover my radically reduced link count.
Looks like my new profile pic is here to stay; leastwise until some counterbalancing good thing happens (fat chance).
Time for me to find a new “career path”.
The Likes are coming back.
There, I'm done on this third (?) thread.
For reference look on Danny Sullivan's blog or
http://www.seomoz.org/blog/google-bing- … luence-seo
how does this affect how likes are not showing in the FB plug-in here at HP. The box used to be full of hubbers who shared or liked a hub. now all I see is http://www.facebook.com/plugins/activit … ions=false
I saw that too. Probably should get it off hubs. How can that police hubs have so many likes in such a short time and the others don't exist?
It was confirming htat while facebook likes do not affect SEO so much, they do have a use in SEO.
What are you people talking about? I have no clue what you are discussing in this thread.
I was amazed to find that this Hub, "The Police Wife Life, An Urgent Cry For The Support of Law Enforcement Officers, by Melissa Littleswhich" had nearly 6,000 FB hits, likes, views, whatever you want to call them, a week ago, and then in the last few days went down to something like 10. Now it's showing "4802 people shared this."
There's something screwy with fb.
Yeah. I noticed that several of the groups I belonged to are gone.
And, I have also picked up a few friends who I have no clue who they are, or how they got on my friend list.
Not liking that one bit.
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