Do we have to add in summaries to ALL our old hubs?

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  1. Bendo13 profile image81
    Bendo13posted 7 years ago

    I just saw that our hubs will no longer automatically pull a summary for our hubs...

    Problem is I used that automatic feature for ALL my hubs, so does that mean I have to go back through all my 300+ hubs and add in summaries?

    I really hope not, that'd be a lot of work and if my hubs are showing up in search engines without summaries then it's definitely going to hurt my traffic.

    Anyone know the answer to this?

  2. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    No you do not. If you click on the "summary" setting on your hub, while in edit mode, it will appear blank. Otherwise, it will be pulled by the first paragraph.

    However, if you create any new link capsules on your hubs, you will be forced to write a summary. It also might happen on the RSS feed(but don't quote me on that). I have seen it work oddly with the RSS feeds, some times it pulls and some times it doesn't show a summary. I am not sure what causes that or if it's a glitch of some sort.

    1. Bendo13 profile image81
      Bendo13posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Oh ok, because I noticed that they were blank, read the forum and then searched one of my newer hub's titles and it had no summary in Google... so from now on I guess I'll just write in a sentence.

      1. WoodsmensPost profile image69
        WoodsmensPostposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Click on the "?" in summary is says and pay close attention to the last sentence for your answer.


        or





        ALso found in ? tab, full description stated differently

        Oddly it says nothing about pulled from first paragraph so that information is not necessarily true.

    2. theherbivorehippi profile image78
      theherbivorehippiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for clearing this up. smile

  3. doban profile image61
    dobanposted 7 years ago

    I am going back and checking all of my hubs because I noticed that the summaries that show up on the Google searched are sometimes from the middle of the hub.

    1. doban profile image61
      dobanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      searches -not "searched"

    2. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Google searches for the closest match to the exact search query. It may come from any section of an article.

      1. theherbivorehippi profile image78
        theherbivorehippiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Really?  I didn't know this.  That explains some things.  I love when I learn something new this early in the day! wink

        1. rebekahELLE profile image88
          rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          yes, the results we are shown in a search aren't necessarily from the first few lines, unless your search terms are in the first few lines, and if they are the most relevant results. 
          you'll notice it now when you do searches. smile

    3. Howard S. profile image90
      Howard S.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know if this is what happened to you, but I've seen it in mine:

      Fill a text capsule, with the auto-summary on. Save the hub. Edit the hub, placing text capsules before what used to be the first one. Your summary was already set and wouldn't reset unless you went in and cycled the feature off, then back on. I never checked in Google--I can't wade through that many pages. sad

      Full disclosure: This is old information. It doesn't work this way now, due to a recent change in the way summaries are handled.

  4. Jason Menayan profile image60
    Jason Menayanposted 7 years ago

    Entering in a summary is optional, but if you want a meta-description tag (for use by some search engines and Web services), then you must enter it manually. We used to auto-generate it, but do not anymore. See this blog post:
    http://blog.hubpages.com/2011/05/summaries-for-hubs/

    Again, entering in a summary is optional, but we do recommend adding one if it is uniquely written (i.e. not just copied from the body of your Hub).

  5. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 7 years ago

    I noticed that the summaries that were on my older Hubs, when I searched in Google, always had a couple of lines of summary, now when I checked back to see, they have all changed and don't make sense! so something must have changed! I know you can't go back and change the old ones, but why have they suddenly turned into gobbledegook?!

 
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