I have a couple of hubs that receive about 2 monthly views and sometimes 5 to 10 monthly views, but their scores are very low (in the 50's and 60's) and they were written when I was learning how to write successful hubs. Should I bother deleting them or should I just keep them around?
Hello Smanty, This is what I have done to become a popular writer that is followed online: I've edited and added content. These are two great disciplines to have as a writer. It's all good!
Nice question, Sapphireid
Not getting too many views doesn't necessarily mean they aren't good Hubs. I have a bunch in the 50's and 60's. I trim them out from time to time if I hate them and know they really ought to go, but some of them have writing I like better than some of the ones that have higher scores and more traffic. My approach (long before Panda) has been to trim out the few I hate the most every so often, usually after at least writing one or two new ones. If they're Hubs that have writing I think is OK, and if nobody asks me to delete them (now, with the new standards), I'm leaving them until they're the ones at the top of my "next-to-go" list. I really think it depends on each Hub - not on the scores any of them get. It also depends on whether you think they're decent but just have low scores, or whether you know they could be better.
Some of mine that have 60's scores are low because they're "entertainment-value-only" writing, but some of of them have far better writing than a lot of mine that have higher scores. As long as creative writing is still allowed on this site, I'm keeping a few of those with the writing I think is better (scores or no scores). A lot of my Hubs with better scores have writing that is, I guess, OK-enough but is hardly anything I've proud of.
I think it has to pretty much be a Hub-by-Hub basis, rather than lumping them all by score and making a decision about the group. Another question, might they earn you more somewhere else? Also, might promoting them more help improve traffic for them? What about changing the wording in the titles? There's just too many factors to write them off based on scores.
No. its not like you can only publish X amount of hubs. You don't pay to keep the hubs up. be patient. you have nothing to lose by keeping them up.
No. Never delete a hub. Rework it. Retitle them. Change its summary. Add more keywords. Stack it full of backlinks. Recatagorize the hubs. But do not delete them.
Smanty, I see no advantage in deleting them, but you could use your current skill set to update them.
I have had a few old hubs rise to the top without touching them too, and some of my old duds are now earning.
Somewhere else this question was asked. A powerful response that I read at that time was: Not to unpublish these hubs but to improve them . Google bot is always looking for new original stuff, quality over quantity . So rather than losing all your work reedit. Do new research and improve your non-performing hubs. Sounds like good advice to me.
I agree. I have been doing that as time passes. Also it takes a while for hubs to mature. So keep them and listen to all the good advice. Good luck with your hubbing!
Thank You, I think that is great advice. I was thinking of writing a couple more hubs in the next couple of weeks, but before I do that I think I am going to re-visit some of my older ones. I get annoyed when I write a hub and on day 3 it is getting over 15 views a day, and I have older ones that still do not even have 15 views. Researching farther into the topic sounds like a great idea!
yes . you can delete if you feel that this is not important. and start new questions.
The more hubs the merrier(assuming they are good enough quality). Remember you could always improve them and they always can make you money.
I have a hub that is dedicated to a Christmas theme that, of course, gets 0 traffic for most of the year. I leave that on but will refresh in the fall. I have deleted a few health hubs due to the Panda update. Who cares what I have to say about health? Except for the mommy's advise on health type stuff.
I thought having scores in the 50s and 60s was good. Most of mine are in this range. Few of my hubs receive a lot of views, but I am not going to delete them. Who knows, someone might one day find something useful or interesting in them, but if they don't it really doesn't matter. I enjoyed writing them, and that is what really matters. If you actually don't like your hubs though, then delete them. If you do like them and enjoyed writing them, then leave them where they are. The number of views or comments does not necessarily mean that the hubs have no value, just that perhaps people aren't interested in their subject matter.
I agree with the other comments that there's no harm keeping them and that it may be a good idea to revamp them a bit. You could also try linking them to and from any of your newer hubs on similar topics as well as to each other if appropriate.
I think we should all remember to help each other by using the suggest links tool etc. to link to other peoples hubs on similar topics, again only where appropeiate etc. This really shoots up your hubkarma incidently.I used it recently on my currently modest portfolio of 3 lil hubs and my karma has been going up every day since.
I recently revised a hub. After I publishing it, then after I read it again a few months later, I did not like it. I reworded some paragraphs to make more sense, added content, and added links to it.
I agree with everyone that you should always try to improve something before getting rid of it. The hub may be better than you think.
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