Why would you quit? Even if my earnings from HubPages drop by 50%, I'm still earning far more here than I ever did on Helium.
However, I won't be revising any Hubs or taking any other actions until we know more about the implications of the algorithm change. There's no point trying to second-guess what I need to do, I'll wait for the experts!
I am pretty sure hubpages is one of the best places to write online - and am certain they will deal with whatever quality issues google may have. I am also fairly certain that google have targeted a specific area of the internet in order to favor the bigger players - so I may have to change my approach on some things.
No different to the real world. Big fish eat little fish. We are little fish.
I'm def not quiting. My earnings are up and doing really well with Amazon more so than Google. I'm keeping on keeping on and publishing as if nothing ever happened. I constantly update and work on improving my hubs, I feel it will always be a work in progress and that keeps me in the game!
I'm taking this as an opportunity to work harder, better and take advantage of the open road!
I'm with you on all of that Katie. If the bum falls out of hubpages I will be astonished. I have been on the net since it's inception and have seen a few sites go under. They all had one thing in common. Lousy management. I don't get a sense of that here, so will assume hubpages will survive better than many.
I'm not quitting either. My traffic is down, yes, but only to January levels (which OK was pretty bad) but it was still a lot higher than last summer. My earnings have tumbled but that's no-one's fault if no-one is clicking on ads. I'm still getting loads of views. This time last year I'd have chewed my own arm off to get this many views on a monthly basis, never mind daily! I'm just not rushing to put out more work until I see how it all pans out. Great opportunity to work on my own sites but oh no I have to sit here reading forums!!
I don't intend to quit either, although the recent Google changes have made me nervous and my traffic is down by about 15% as of the last few days. I am hoping the blip is only temporary and as many others are saying, things will settle down in a week or so. Certainly I am holding fire on publishing right now, at least until we get a statement from Hubpages.
I will be publishing again for sure Ryan, but want all this to die down a bit first. Right now few seem to be spending much time reading anyway, they are all running round in circles wondering if this is 'the beginning of the end'...... Not totally worried yet as my income although normally fairly minimal (£2-£4 per day), has not taken a massive drop, and in the last 2 days I am actually up by about a quarter on my usual daily income from Adsense.
Well I am certain the staff are working flat out cleaning the site up. I myself must have flagged about 100 hubs in the last 24 hours, and judging by the threads on here, quite a few of us have. Plus my Pagets disease of the Breast hub got ads removed so they are being really busy, and I don't mind so long as it means we get out positions in the SERPS back.
I guess that means they are working over the weekend then, which is a good sign in terms of them taking action. A shame about your hub though, as it can hardly be described as a low quality topic, (I still find it hard to comprehend why such important topics do not warrant adverts from Adsense).
Could be, but I had a similar problem with my Vaginismus Hub, and no adverts to this day, even though there were no pictures of vaginas on it, and no videos. Seems that any sexual health type hubs are not allowed adverts. I even struggled with one on how to improve male fertility, and on this hub the adverts seem to come and go randomly.
Could have been so much worse if I had put photos on my 'How to improve male fertility hub' don't you think!! One of the key parts was to reduce masturbation, can you imagine the pictures and videos I could have included???? LOL
When this is seen through the lens of one hubber's account it is tough to see what has been hit and what has not, but Hubpages staff can see a bigger picture and react accordingly. I think we all need to have a bit of patience and see what happens over the next few weeks.
I'm already feeling a lot better about the changes. I am not too worried about it. I recommend everyone keep on plugging or you are going to miss the boat. Making hubs is STILL much more productive than watching TV in your spare time. If a better opportunity comes along, you don't think our Hubpages community will share the news here?
If you stop plugging you are turning down a possible full time career. That is the way I see it.
QUIT? WHY? Clearly I don't comprehend the "danger." So I'm not even thinking about going anywhere. So now, though, I see why my follower count is going down, some are running for the hills. Hey, you guys, let's support the team. After all they've supported those of us who have no real writing talent. So, for that I thank the HubPages team and say, "You Go Team, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
I'm not quitting. Even if I don't ever manage to earn money on Hubpages, I will still accomplish my goal of getting my writings read. The things I work the hardest at, I do it for many reasons and often intend it to accomplish more than one thing. Being well known and having a high fan base is more important to my goals than making money from Hubpages. So quit? Never. I move on to something better but never quit.
No other better place with such a great caring community. "quitting is for quitters." This is my virtual home(all gadgets, food, money, hangout and loved ones in place). It can only get even better in here.
Hi wait up, why is everybody talking about quiting? Is it because of Google? I read someone said that who is the website that carries most duplicate content, isn't it Google itself? ....sorry I'm trying to type a SMILEY but i forgot how to do it. So I jsut say "Smile." What I read is true, but I'm just kidding abut this although i really read it.
I'm not quitting. However, taking a look around at other options while this algopocalypse is righting itself seems like a good idea. I'll publish here again once there's some indication that things are back on track.
I am certainly not quitting. Maybe this is an opportunity for HP to really gain ground, and to improve the quality of its content by cutting out the crap. (I think I will delete some of my stinky, earlier hubs. For the 'cause.'
I see it as an opportunity in a lot of ways. I think unpublishing Hubs is one thing, but deleting them is another. I don't think anyone should delete anything right now. Unpublish - maybe. I just think, at least for awhile, people should just hold off to see where everything ends up going, what has a place where, who thinks what is desirable, etc. etc. We don't really even know if "tweaking" will now involve any different steps.
Guess I'm thinking it may be more prudent to wait to see if HubPages requests people start trimming out x type of Hub or x number of x type of Hubs. I don't pretend to know anything about how things work on "the other end" of HubPages. It's just that I'm wondering what the impact might be if "a zillion" Hubbers all started trimming out what they believe are their own stinky Hubs all at once. I'm just wondering if there could be a "baby-with-the-bathwater" kind of thing (in any number of ways)? (Then again, maybe it would just be "bathwater-with-bathwater"?)
I'm not quitting, not yet anyway. But I'm also not revising my hubs. I got a nice little 'gift certificate' recently in the mail from Google asking me to advertise and write on their site and thanking me for being a loyal customer. something is up, but I will wait and see how it unfolds.
QUITTING??! I just got started a month ago! Haven't been able to sign in to earn payments yet though. I click on configure and put in last 5 of phone and zip code, but keep getting error stating that one or the other is incorrect. I only use one phone number and the zip hasn't changed. Anyone out there that can help me with this? Don't want to quit. I want to get started!!
One of the quickest ways to really destabilise hubpages would be for everyone to delete their hubs or close their accounts. The effect would be a bit like a run on a bank, and if HubPages is already suffering a dip in revenue from a loss of traffic, could financially really hurt them.
It doesn't make a lot of difference to me what the Google algorithm is anyway because I am still a long way from reaching the mystical pay out figure. I enjoy writing for HubPages so why would I quit? There is a wonderful sense of community and even if it is only a few dedicated followers, my writing is being read.
definitely not quitting. I really love Hubpages. I really hope this all gets sorted out with Google because Hubpages has great articles that are really informative and helpful. It is one of the best writing sites online and it is NOT a content farm.
I don't think any of us are quitting. The discussions in the Forums by people who are concerned about the situation are taking place precisely because so many of us are heavily committed to Hubpages and have long term plans about how we will use our standing with HP to greater advantage in the future.
I am concerned about how this will play out and affect my future plans, but I'm certainly not dropping out.
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