Google tweaks its algorithm

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  1. Lalulinho profile image72
    Lalulinhoposted 13 years ago

    Any sense at how Google's war against content farms will affect Hubpages? … -sites/?hp

    Obviously there is a huge difference between the quality of most hubs and or 

    I guess  it is quite early to know, given that even pages from content farms haven't fallen in ranking quite yet (again, according to this article). 

    Also, my sense is (after having attended a HubCamp) that Paul talks to Google with some regularity and that the tips we get as Hubbers help avoid the problem of Hubs being treated as part of content farm. 

    Any thoughts?  Or maybe this is a forum post in which Hubbers can complain or notify the rest of us about any noticeable drop in Google ranking because of the change in algorithm?

    1. BaliMermaid profile image58
      BaliMermaidposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Some articles to day seem to think Hub pages is one of the five biggest losers so far from this change.

      Having said that - what I see is confusing. Traffic is down but adsense revenue is holding steady.  Hubs that were on page one with Google are still in the same place or even higher.

      I guess we just need to wait and let the dust settle.

    2. J Sunhawk profile image68
      J Sunhawkposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I'd say the war against Hubpages is working well.

      The returns I'm getting from Google are showing irrelevant sites for long tail keywords I targeted. I was on the 1st page and now the Hub page has disappeared, replaced by big retailers. Maybe the big boys are upset that niche market sites were exposing their shortcomings in marketing. Don't know why, though, because they were ultimately making more sales.

      Looks like working with Google was a waste of time. I'm not entirely surprised.

  2. sunforged profile image70
    sunforgedposted 13 years ago

    what a great idea! I cant believe no other hub users chose to discuss this in the forums!

    1. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      big_smile tongue

  3. prettydarkhorse profile image62
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago
    1. Pente profile image78
      Penteposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Laughing out loud

    2. Michael Willis profile image67
      Michael Willisposted 13 years agoin reply to this


    3. David 470 profile image81
      David 470posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      LOL!!!  This is chaos !

  4. Rik Ravado profile image85
    Rik Ravadoposted 13 years ago

    You Guys! Who said only the English get irony? smile

  5. profile image0
    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    I wish that there was a like button.

  6. Lalulinho profile image72
    Lalulinhoposted 13 years ago

    Sorry, to be clear, it's not that I was unaware that there were already discussions about Google intermitant and annoying adjustments causes people to lose traffic, or Google's constant fights with black-hats with Hubbers as collateral damage. 

    My particular concern (and admittedly, I don't normally read the forums), was that this particular change would affect Hubpages more than other Google adjustments because, in theory, it is aimed at others sites that, at a high level of abstraction, are like Hubpages--at least in the abstract (although I think it is obviously uncharitable to group Hubpages with eHow,, etc.)

    Maybe my naivete, and relative inexperience, is in thinking that this particular change (or set of changes) is really any different in the grander scheme of things than ones in the past.  But I confess I don't spend time on the forums, I just didn't see this mentioned where I looked, and so I posted.

    Anyway, more time publishing, less time putting my foot in it in the forums...  >sad

    1. Pente profile image78
      Penteposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think you put your foot in it. I think everyone might need to vent a little. You are absolutely right in that this change by Google could affect us very much compared to other changes they have made. Only time will tell.

  7. Kangaroo_Jase profile image74
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 13 years ago

    OK everyone needs to chill out with a beer each and we can all get together and chill out together.......wait, thats 17,362 beers....

    I'll think about this some more...

    1. sunforged profile image70
      sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Im glad you thought of me, but your going to need more beer for the rest of the hubbers

      1. Richieb799 profile image75
        Richieb799posted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Cider for me wink

        1. Kangaroo_Jase profile image74
          Kangaroo_Jaseposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Importantly, we need to work out whose is picking up the tab at the end lol

          1. paradigmsearch profile image60
            paradigmsearchposted 13 years agoin reply to this


  8. CASE1WORKER profile image61
    CASE1WORKERposted 13 years ago

    i have made 70p today so it aint me

  9. Lalulinho profile image72
    Lalulinhoposted 13 years ago

    Sorry, one other note.  This was maybe my second or third forum post ever, and I should have read the others before writing, you're right.  I did not check "latest forum posts," thinking that the forums were just topical, and I didn't look in the right places to see if this issue was already raised; I should have realized that this was heavily covered already (and I should have thought that it was going to be covered heavily, even before checking the forums).

    As I've published little and lurked a lot on HubPages over the last year, I've looked up to people like sunforged and ryankett, and I feel kind of bad that my naive/ inattentive/ stupid question was met with sarcasm.  I suppose that is my problem, and I do understand your irritability at my question, given that it had been discussed ad nauseum, that HubPages is a big part of your livelihoods, and that this sudden change has been stressful (especially now having read what you and others have written about the change).  I just wish you had been a little gentler in your responses to someone who is still kind of a beginner at all of this.  But it's a free internet, until Google and Verizon convince the U.S> Congress to end net neutrality, so what can you do. 

    Sorry to burden you with my feelings on a (rainy where I am) day.  I came here for a bit of escape, to distract myself from a terrible week (a friend died yesterday, grandmother in hospital, etc.), and I was probably distracted when I posted.

    1. sunforged profile image70
      sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      lol - i was just jesting, I hope my sarcasm wasnt read as annoyance. PDH was nice enough to toss you some links that show off the extent of the conversation

      ..jeez, shame on you, making me feel bad with your politeness and reason , jeez

      1. Lalulinho profile image72
        Lalulinhoposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Now I feel bad that I've made you feel bad...  sorry for that.  But it is true that I should have just paid a bit more attention to ongoing forum discussions before jumping in with a ham-handed question.  In any case, am curious to see what others say, and will follow some of the other discussions on this.

        1. jimcrowthers profile image70
          jimcrowthersposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I feel bad that you feel bad about making sunforged feel bad about making you feel bad when you already felt bad about things that made you feel bad.

          I am now going to drown my sorrows in the bottom of a pint, attempting to become an alcoholic--something that I've failed at for decades. I see others do it so easily, it just makes me feel so sad and bad.

          1. Rosie2010 profile image67
            Rosie2010posted 13 years agoin reply to this

            This makes me feel sad too.  Am I too late for the drinks.  I feel like crying now.  That's how bad I feel.

            1. Randy Godwin profile image59
              Randy Godwinposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              I'll bet HP isn't feeling too good either!  I'm assuming they are taking the hits on earnings also.  But we aren't the ones letting crappy writers, who can barely speak English, put out massive low quality articles on the site. 

              There are some good writers here, but they are being penalized by
              the admittance of incapable contributors.  Just like the other farms being slapped by Google.  Everyone should help clean up this mess if we can!  I'll try to flag more hubs this weekend.  Anyone else want to help?  You gotta be cruel on this one! 


              1. recommend1 profile image60
                recommend1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

                and while you are at it - take a look at other options like the one I am offering.  see hubs.

                alternate poet and CM have been working on this for a while now big_smile

                1. Randy Godwin profile image59
                  Randy Godwinposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                  Those guys?  I never trust folks who can't fish!  lol

                  1. earnestshub profile image80
                    earnestshubposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                    I can fish Randy. I reckon we will benefit from this new slap ultimately if we can flag some of those dogs that we see. I need to do a few every day.... religiously. smile

            2. Lisa HW profile image62
              Lisa HWposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              None of it makes me feel sad.  I've been hitting the booze since 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.   Oh just kidding - but I've been checking in on all these algorythm-change threads since then.  I do think I've noticed that as the workday ended (US/Eastern time), the panic threads seems to die down, and the Friday-night gender/relationships threads started showing up as usual.

  10. Pente profile image78
    Penteposted 13 years ago

    Actually, you did me a favor in that the humorous response made me aware of a few more threads that I was unaware of.

  11. prettydarkhorse profile image62
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

    sorry I am not mean. I just want to help you...

  12. ChrisJohnsonArt profile image60
    ChrisJohnsonArtposted 13 years ago

    Google has been trending away from marketing toward merchants and Google's own affiliate marketing efforts. It makes since that now that affiliate marketing datafeed sites have been pushed down that they'd adjust the system so that sites that are used for promotional pages also get reduced in ranking.
    I'm not complaining though. Google has the right to do what it wants to. As long as users have a good experience they'll use it.

    1. ChrisJohnsonArt profile image60
      ChrisJohnsonArtposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      makes sense not since  hehe what fun typos


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