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R.I.P Hubpages

  1. R-J-T profile image60
    R-J-Tposted 6 years ago

    http://www.sistrix.com/blog/985-google- … ality.html

    After seeing this on another thread I have decided to post it here as I think it deserves its own thread, sorry if it has already got its own thread.

    Anyway after looking at the results after the google change from the link above things do not look good at all, with a lot of sites takeing massive hits, especially hubpages.

    What is everyones thoughts on this? Do you agree this could be the end of hubpages?

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      ryankettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Wait and see.

      That is reporting the effects thus far, we don't know what that 'index' is going to be saying in 3 days, 3 months or 6 months time.

      Trust me, I have been screwing a lot, but don't write off the site yet. The algorithm is supposed to have altered 18% of search results.

      That leaves 82% untouched when the algorithm settles. I think its a bit unfair to label Hubpages as dead just 48 hours since an algorithm change, you are talking about 6 years of building on this site, I doubt that the staff or owners are willing to write off their business in 48 hours and as such neither should we.

      I suspect that they will be talking to Google directly in order to obtain advice, and waiting - like us - to see how things settle. Some topics may even benefit from the change, we just don't know yet.

      To label Hubpages as dead in 48 hours is a bit extreme though, don't you think? I doubt that Google would have an interest in seeing content farms die, seeing as many of the major gainers are not involved in their AdSense scheme whilst all of these content farms are.

      I still made some decent Amazon sales yesterday, I still have uneffected pages, I will give it a good few weeks before deciding what stays on the site and what goes.

    2. Andrew0208 profile image57
      Andrew0208posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      @Naked Poster, may be we should reassign the RIP back to you. Did you ever read the report you posted, even sistrix domain noted their own part of the story. It's a good check from Google and the affected sites are expected to ensure a provision of quality content to search results. Good head way.

      1. R-J-T profile image60
        R-J-Tposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yes thanks

    3. oceansnsunsets profile image89
      oceansnsunsetsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I admittedly feel out of the loop here, as I have been crazy busy and not following this whole thing with google.  Even clicking that link, while I see that negative percentage there, can anyone share what they know about who or how they criticize content on the net? 

      I don't blame them for wanting to work with high quality content, as i am sure that is very very important to the advertisers that pay to advertise with google adsense.  However, I don't understand how they make their rankings, and if Hubpages isn't among the best in higher quality content, why not, and when did things change?  Maybe I am that naive that I am not aware of other sites that have such incredible content, that is so much better than hubpages? 

      Curious anyone's thoughts on this, and any answers are welcome, thanks!

  2. skyfire profile image76
    skyfireposted 6 years ago

    I take that as 'rise in progress'.  tongue

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    Since no one know exactly what is going to be permanent or not it is far too early to sound the death knell.

  4. CASE1WORKER profile image76
    CASE1WORKERposted 6 years ago

    the only way is up- HP has too much money invested to lose out- they are probably arranging an appointment with Mr Google as we speak

  5. R-J-T profile image60
    R-J-Tposted 6 years ago

    I agree it may be to early but it does look as if google has targeted specific sites and it seems as if they include hubpages in that category.

  6. Pcunix profile image93
    Pcunixposted 6 years ago

    Why would it be the end?

    If this IS a real punishment, all they need to do is clean the place up.  That could take less than a month.

    After that,  if they aren't making enough money because the crap was mostly responsible, then yeah, they die - maybe. Or maybe not.

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      ryankettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I doubt that Hubpages will ever die.

      Say they were to shrink by 18%, hypothetically, round that to 20%. After the algorithm settles.

      And assume that they were just about profitable. They need to maintain that profit. Their revenues shrink by 20%.

      The solution may well be to propose a reduction in revenue sharing to 50%; that makes that 20% back. Some may take their content, most will see how it goes.

      Sure hubbers will be upset with this, but that doesn't neccessarily result in a loss of revenue, if the new advertising stuff can cover the shortfall.

      Alternatively, Hubpages may find that the new ad model (as per the TOS update) covers their losses.

      I'm sure that their intention was to increase revenues for us and them, but for me the new advertising structure could well be a means to a sustainable business even if it doesn't stay in the top 50.

      Of course I would hate to see a 50% rev share, and would prefer any such move to be temporary subject to their new arrangements becoming profitable, but I would much sooner see that than no Hubpages at all.

      Hubpages isn't going anywhere, it just needs to change its gameplan from growth to consolidation. Breaking even in 5 years is actually very impressive for an ambitious and pioneering online model.

      1. David 470 profile image85
        David 470posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        The only optimistic way I can look at this is this....

        Even if hubpages does lose a lot of ranking positions, perhaps if a enough other sites are taken out of the picture (Ones that were not established very well) it will compensate, and hubpages will eventually attain traffic just like it used to - and maybe even better.

        I would personally hate for the impressions to be 50%, but they may have to do it to fix the problem.

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        Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Ryan whatever revenue share model HP comes up with, depends on traffic and generally that means Google Traffic. Unless that comes back, and hubs start moving up the Search Engines, who will be clicking on those ads?

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          ryankettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          It was just hypothetical, based on Googles statement that 18% of searches will be affected.

          Of course, what I fail to point out is that those 18% are likely to be those that content farms had affected most in the first place, so the result is likely to be far greater than a simple 18% loss of traffic.

          I guess that we just have to see where the algorithm settles, but I am not looking forward to this being rolled out in the UK as pre-change 13% of my traffic was from the UK.... I guess that around 25% of my traffic is UK now... so it could, potentially, get much worse. If that is the case, and I am trying to remain optimistic, I may not have any choice but to start the slow process of transferring all of my now low-traffic hubs to private domains.

          But, I will be giving it a few weeks, see what happens in the US, and then determine whether or not I can take the same globally.

  7. ThomasE profile image75
    ThomasEposted 6 years ago

    I am pretty sure we can now say this was intentional on the part of google... so... hubpages staff will probably go to google, find out what the problem was, and adjust the site accordingly.

    I have backed up my articles, just in case I am wrong... but... seriously, if you think hubpages is going down without a fight you are mad.

  8. R-J-T profile image60
    R-J-Tposted 6 years ago

    I guess Im worried a little as this is the first big change from google in the serps that I have been part of, and I have heard many horror stories from the MayDay update.

  9. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    I think that the management of HP is now looking at data as Mr Edmondson stated (as quoted in this site) -  (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 … 47136.html)  Some of those who have been here in the Internet business for quite sometime said that we need ample time to really say what is the effect of the new G algorithm, or maybe after two weeks that site will update their data and analysis.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image88
      Mark Ewbieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting article.  I feel moved to comment on this extract...

      "Google search engineer Amit Singhal said in an interview that the company added numerous "signals," or factors it would incorporate into its algorithm. Among those signals are "how users interact with" a site.

      It also used feedback from hundreds of people it regularly hires to evaluate changes. These "human raters" were asked to look at search results and decide whether they would give their credit card number to a site or follow its medical advice, Mr. Singhal said."

      How users interact?  No room for literature, humour, politics or though provoking comment.  No - credit card or medical advice.  Were they the best examples the brilliant Google could come up with? What a super web they are building - a shop basically.

      Utter crap. IMO.

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image64
        prettydarkhorseposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        How user interact? one could be the time it take them to look at a page?

  10. 2besure profile image81
    2besureposted 6 years ago

    All we can do is, wait and see if the changes are positive or not.  Patience my darlings, patience!

  11. simeonvisser profile image87
    simeonvisserposted 6 years ago

    There is nothing wrong with the way HubPages is run: many people can write articles and earn some money along the way. But there needs to  be more emphasis on quality and I expect any measurements and actions by HubPages to be in that area.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years ago

    RJT, MayDay was nothing compared to Florida 2003. And this is nothing compared to those to. I've lived through them and survived them all.

    Florida went after every thin and not so thin affiliate site regardless of it's location. And it was on November 16, 2003 so it destroyed the fourth quarter for many of us. Nothing worked on November 17. My traffic went from over 100,000 uniques a day to ZERO.

    This is a very targeted realignment of the SERPs, aimed at shared sites and content farms. So if you're not playing in this space, you're probably really happy about it as an affiliate or website owner.

    If your idea of diversification was HP, Squidoo, SheToldMe, and Snipsly, you might not be feeling too good right now.

    1. ThomasE profile image75
      ThomasEposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I dunno... it is a huge opportunity... all those websites trashed, there must be huge room for the enterprising right now.

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        Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thomas E. now you're thinking like an entrepreneur!

    2. R-J-T profile image60
      R-J-Tposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      No, I do have my own websites but I planed on earning a certain amount per month on Hubpages first then useing that to invest into my websites to make it has high quiality as possible.

    3. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I had the opposite experience:

      2003-11-15   $14.83
      2003-11-16   $13.00
      2003-11-17   $36.29
      2003-11-18   $26.24
      2003-11-19   $32.14

      I didn't even know anything had happened until I read about it much later.  I'm sure there are people not even noticing this, too.

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        Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        LOL you have the most ready access to your stats of anyone I've ever seen. I would have to dig that that level of detail, out of a distant file folder.

        Quite frankly, my income levels from online marketing were a bit higher than that. About $15,000 a month at that time. So I noticed A LOT.

        But I keep bouncing back. I've just decided after a decade of being beaten up by Google every few years that affiliate marketing and its ebbs and flows is quite exhausting and not really sustainable in any one format.

        That's why I'm moving back into traditional content and marketing at the local level. Where I started in my 20s. What's old is new I guess.

        1. Don Simkovich profile image61
          Don Simkovichposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          This is helpful to know ... so helping local businesses market online, and like you said in another thread, running a tourist site for Cape Cod? Btw, I have wonderful memories of going to Cape Cod for vacation as a kid.

          I've got an idea for a business in So Cal site that I'm planning on pursuing.

        2. Pcunix profile image93
          Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Yeah, I keep all my stuff handy in text files..  because it seems I always want to know something..

          I never got into affiliate marketing. Well, I do a little - maybe $100 a month or so. 

          How long had you been accustomed to that income?

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            Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Pcunix I had a great year and a half until Florida. I thought I was going to be a millionaire. The money was sooooo easy. I mean I don't do badly now. The internet and I are good friends.

            But the roller coaster in affiliate marketing is never-ending. Quite frankly, I'm worried about ryankett's heart-health after that past few days. (He posted he's a chain smoker somewhere.) This shake up was pretty minimal if your diversified. He's going to have to take up meditation and yoga, if he wants to continue, I think.  I have ice water in my veins when it comes to business and it gets to me sometimes.

            1. Pcunix profile image93
              Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              I have had my nose ground in the dirt so many times that I barely flinch any more smile

              Ryan is young.  He'll learn (or he won't last).

  13. David 470 profile image85
    David 470posted 6 years ago

    This is what hubpages can possibly do to make sure Google is on better terms with us.

    (1) Articles less than 375 words or so will automatically not be accepted. I have seen some people that have a hub with just a picture and 10 words!

    (2) Ensure people are not spamming hubpages purely for promotional purposes with irrelevant content.

    (3) Ensure that duplicate content is not posted on this site.

    (4) Review articles for publication. (Like infobarrel maybe?)

    1. Andrew0208 profile image57
      Andrew0208posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is truly a good head way for many affected sites. It is NEVER THEIR END. This thread title is liken to evil. God forbid!

      1. R-J-T profile image60
        R-J-Tposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Maybe I shouldnt have titled the thread in the way I did and Im sorry for that. I usually stay out of the forums as it takes time away from trying to grow my business and maybe thats what I should stick to doing.

        Thanks..

        1. Andrew0208 profile image57
          Andrew0208posted 6 years agoin reply to this

          If you're sincerely sorry, you could also ask the moderators to bury/delete it. Watch what you post on the Internet as it could be quite offensive to many, even to you if you're addressed RIP with your living name.

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      ryankettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I sense that it needs to go further, and that means removing stuff which has already been published which does not meet with those criteria.

      Squidoo had to do a lot of deleting when they got their slap. Of course, there may not even be a way back for content farms, this looks like it could just be a "your not welcome" message from Google which they may not have any intention of reversing.

      I am now on my 8th article on a new sales blog smile

      1. Pcunix profile image93
        Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Google is as revenue driven as anyone.  Fix the problem, welcome back, at least for the Big Dogs.

  14. Flightkeeper profile image73
    Flightkeeperposted 6 years ago

    Reports of Hubpages' death are preliminary and ridiculous.  The site is half creative and half information so there is a whole range of readers that Hubpages can offer to advertisers.  I think the staff has to find a better way to profile the Hubpage reader so that it can offer targeted segments to appropriate advertisers.  In addition, the staff will continue to clean up the site so that it is more viable to Google.  This won't kill Hubpages, it will make it better.

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      ryankettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, nothing but a hiccup in a great story, a big hiccup but still just a hiccup nonetheless.

      I can sense the positives already, not only for the reader experience but also for the writer experience.

      Shut the doors, this site already has a whole host of great writers, be very careful who we let in. If they don't add anything to our crowd then they aren't coming in.

      This place has long been considered a means of a quick and easy backlink, that needs to stop for a start.

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        Mark Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Oh shut those doors, why bother nobody wants in. The blue arrows are in freefall and the staff are nowhere to be seen. The farm has had it's final plough.

        1. sunforged profile image75
          sunforgedposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Staff have made a comment.

          Most of the "discussion" that has taken place in these forums concerning this update have been naive babblings.

          The only professional move at this time would be to watch ranking performance in a methodical manner and wait to see how things pan out.

          Historically, the initial algo changes are NOT telling of the final results.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      FK, I rarely agree with you on politics, but here I do agree. smile It takes time and adjustment to figure out the best way forward. Google wants relevant content. I think it will end up moving the site forward in a better direction.  Although my traffic is still down, it is slowly rising, and one of my hubs that was bumped yesterday moved back to p1, even if only on the bottom. At least it moved up and not down further.

  15. IzzyM profile image89
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I just found a site that gives the 10 biggest winners too, and it includes ehow with a rise of 19.7%.

    Don't know if I can link it here - its a .pdf
    http://seoclarity.net/seoClarity%20Insi … -24-11.pdf

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      ryankettposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I can't believe that eHow and Yahoo Answers on that list! Wikipedia were slapped a little a while back so they have regained their authority.

      Probably well deserved for Etsy, I like that site.

      1. David 470 profile image85
        David 470posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yahoo answers IS SPAM CITY. That site used to be decent years ago, but now it is nearly complete spam.

        I though eHow was a pretty legit site with quality content? I have seen some good content on there, but I guess I have not been to it enough. Many people seem to dislike eHow from what I have seen.

        1. lrohner profile image81
          lrohnerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Most people jumping on the "we hate eHow" bandwagon have probably never even read any of their stuff. Most journalists hate eHow/Demand and think it's a sweatshop that's ripping off writers. So of course the journalists targeted it in most of the articles you read and everyone is just following along.

          I'm not saying they don't have bad content on there, but for the most part, it's factually accurate, well researched and answers the title precisely. That's a helluva lot more than I can say for most of the other sites on the lists floating around here.

  16. Mutiny92 profile image79
    Mutiny92posted 6 years ago

    It surprises me that Squidoo was not included in the big gainers or big losers category.  I wonder if that is a result of their previous "adjustment".

  17. Mark Ewbie profile image88
    Mark Ewbieposted 6 years ago

    Just to continue moaning for a moment.

    One of my favourite hubs, I'm not going to bother advertising it because I have lost all heart at the moment in this game, is 1,000 words of reasonably crafted satirical humour - in my opinion.  It has positive feedback and generally well accepted.

    Page 1 Google UK, Now Page 3 Google.COM.

    On page 1 Google.com is a Yahoo Answer related to the subject which is someone posing a stupid question in a non entertaining fashion and being 'answered' in an equally unamusing and non informative manner.  Maybe 200 words tops for the whole lot.

    Garbage in my opinion.  My article could almost be called an article, and indeed with a bit of luck it might be suitable for an amusing piece in say a local newspaper or student rag or something.  Whatever - it is real writing.

    But I'm on page 3 below this tripe. This is a shame because my experience here, and results, up till now have been brilliant and I had hopes of higher things.

    1. CMHypno profile image95
      CMHypnoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Mark you give up too easily. Keep writing, keeping working and wait to see how things pan out before you do anything hasty

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image88
        Mark Ewbieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Hypno, I wasn't thinking of topping myself!  I think the ride for me has been great up till now and this is my first big knockback. 

        I'm OK.  Really.

        1. CMHypno profile image95
          CMHypnoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Glad that you are OK - have a hot cup of tea with lots of sugar in it! In a couple of days your hub may well be back to where it was or better?

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image88
            Mark Ewbieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks.  One thing I will say is that despite the last couple of days - there are still the same great bunch of friendly helpful people on here.

            1. CMHypno profile image95
              CMHypnoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Yes, the great community on HubPages is something that we need to remember - one of the things that makes this still a wonderful site

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            Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I've been putting wiskey in my tea, the past few days.

            1. CMHypno profile image95
              CMHypnoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Single or double malt? I prefer a good drop of brandy in my coffee, but after the last few days of stats may go back to hitting the gin bottle! LOL smile

  18. AlanSwenson profile image76
    AlanSwensonposted 6 years ago

    Well my traffic dropped 30% but is already back up halfway from there to where it was and where it was was at the highest it's ever been so I'm not worried.

  19. R-J-T profile image60
    R-J-Tposted 6 years ago

    I hope everyone realizes by R.I.P Hubpages it stood for REALLY INCREDIBLE PLATFORM Hupages. Know that that is cleared up im off to watch the rugby.

    Thanks

    1. webismine profile image60
      webismineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Worth appreciating if you had explained in your OP what RIP meant to you.. LOL!!

  20. Mikeydoes profile image76
    Mikeydoesposted 6 years ago

    RIP is so far from the truth...

    The fact is I still am getting a good amount of views. It may be harder to get ranked at the top, but we will see in due time how bad we got it. Who knows this might end up being a good thing, although it doesn't look like it. These are my two worst days by far, since about 3-4 months ago.

    1. David 470 profile image85
      David 470posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      My traffic levels have gone back 3 months as well. I feel like I went back in time by 3 months. sad

  21. profile image46
    Mark Writerposted 6 years ago

    R.I.P is Ryan in Pain because his earnings have dropped. Do we have to read thread upon thread about this big girl.

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      Footballersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      We can all pull out the sockpuppets when we don't dare use our real names to criticise somebody "Mark".

      I know, I know... Of course, you don't have any other logins, you are seeing those blue arrows across your entire portfolio of zero.

      1. profile image46
        Mark Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Footballers it's pathetic short hubs like yours that are dragging this site down.

        1. profile image52
          Footballersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Grow some balls and reveal youself, until you do that I suggest that you stop being so critical of others. Takes a hard man to hide behind an avatar doesn't it? Unlike those "big girls" who use their real names.

  22. profile image46
    Mark Writerposted 6 years ago

    It takes balls to tell a footballer he can't write, that's a bit ironic lol.

    1. profile image52
      Footballersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The only irony that I have seen is a coward hiding behind a sock puppet to criticise other hubbers and the site, especially cowardly when the victim has a forum ban and can be contacted directly via email wink

      1. profile image46
        Mark Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        What victim?

        1. profile image52
          Footballersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          "R.I.P is Ryan in Pain because his earnings have dropped. Do we have to read thread upon thread about this big girl."

          Why don't you tell him who you are? That way, he can simply avoid you for eternity, or perhaps serve up a retort or two. Or does that make you afraid? Of what he may say?

          1. profile image46
            Mark Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            What has it got to do wih you. go kick a ball.

            1. profile image52
              Footballersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Actually, it has EVERYTHING to do with me, are you that slow?

              1. profile image46
                Mark Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Ok what has it to do with you?

                1. profile image52
                  Footballersposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  You already know, and if you don't then you really must have an IQ of below 70.

                  1. profile image46
                    Mark Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    No do tell me, what has it got to do with you?

  23. R-J-T profile image60
    R-J-Tposted 6 years ago

    Can I close this thread now? If yes How?

    1. CMHypno profile image95
      CMHypnoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think that you have to email the staff and request it.  Been a bit of a Pandora's box thread then?

    2. weblog profile image57
      weblogposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Send the request by email: team [at] hubpages [dot] com

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