To Knol or not to Knol?

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  1. shibashake profile image89
    shibashakeposted 10 years ago

    Have there been any improvements on Knol? Is it still not indexing articles in their search? Are people still knolling? or do you think it is not worth it at this point?


    1. AEvans profile image78
      AEvansposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      What is Knol? I understand the definition but how do you exactly knol?smile

  2. Lissie profile image80
    Lissieposted 10 years ago

    I wrote a hub about it: my knols are indexed but I am not getting any traffic and the nofollow means the link is not worth a lot either.  I notice the front page of knol appears static with all the same boring medical articles too - not impressed

    1. shibashake profile image89
      shibashakeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Lissie, Just read your excellent and very informative hub. I had just tried out knol but they didn't seem to be indexing my one article - probably because I'm not using my real-name. They should really do a lot more work on their interface in terms of letting people know when things are index-ed and if not, why not. Also a bit on the heavy handed side to insist that people put in their full names.

  3. blogdigz profile image57
    blogdigzposted 10 years ago

    Good Info smile

  4. hassam profile image83
    hassamposted 10 years ago

    My knol is indexed on google but even then it is useless, simply no traffic, although I got 3 not very friendly comments. My adsene got approved and started showing ads but 3 days back  clicked on " apply the current id to all future knols " and again my account has been sent for approval and again it might take upto 2 weeks. So to sum up my experience I think, so far it is not a very good place to write.

    I guess we have to wait until knol is out of beta.

  5. BristolBoy profile image72
    BristolBoyposted 9 years ago

    Has anyone had any luck with Knol yet?  I'm considering giving it a go in the future sometime.

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I published one article not longer after it launched publicly. I am about to publish another, in support of a Capstone Hub I've completed and will publish soon.

  6. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    I signed up but I haven't written anything there.

  7. profile image0
    Janettaposted 9 years ago

    yeah, I'm with AEvans--what the heck is Knol??

  8. Everyday Miracles profile image88
    Everyday Miraclesposted 9 years ago

    I followed Lissie's hub here:

    If you haven't, read her hub about it. It's older (not sure whether or not she's updated it) but worth the read. She's right about it not being SEO friendly -- it *is* very diluted! Hubpages and Squidoo are much more SEO friendly in terms of the url your page is given!

  9. BristolBoy profile image72
    BristolBoyposted 9 years ago

    Knol is a Google creation which they compare to Wikipedia but is also like Hubpages/Squidoo in that it is possible to earn money using a personal Adsense account.

  10. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    I just went to check my Adsense earnings for Knol, though I expect it to be very little and while I thought I had added a URL channel for it not long after signing up (July 2008) it doesn't seem to be there anymore.

    So I went to add it (again) and this is what it said:

    "" at line 1 invalid: URL cannot contain a Google host.

    1. BristolBoy profile image72
      BristolBoyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds slightly annoying.  I would have thought there is some way of tracking it.  Unless of course the reawrds are small and Google don't want people to discover it. 

      Edit: I don't appear to have that error when setting up a URL tracker as I just did it for a new Knol I have just created.

      1. darkside profile image81
        darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I also read this:

        But I figured you must have set the whole article URL as the URL Channel?

        So I tried it with the URL minus the article name (eg: and it let me. So I'll see if it starts tracking the traffic (and hopefully clicks if I am in fact getting any).

  11. Lissie profile image80
    Lissieposted 9 years ago

    Gosh are knols still going? I must admit I haven't really been back - no-follow links aren't much use to me. I have been looking at infobarrel which does have do follow and I quite like the setup there - I wrote a review of infobarrel on my blog

  12. Everyday Miracles profile image88
    Everyday Miraclesposted 9 years ago

    Lissie, are you thinking about updating that hub? It might be helpful to others smile

    Of course you're one of the busiest among us lol

  13. Lissie profile image80
    Lissieposted 9 years ago

    The site still has boring technical medical knols on the front page - so no I won't be returning soon - no-follow is no pay for me so to speak!


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