Old Hubs with little traffic

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  1. SimeyC profile image91
    SimeyCposted 10 years ago

    I have quite a few old hubs that over a year or more have had less than 100 visits - it's not because they are poor hubs, but mostly because they are in a 'saturated market'.

    Will this have an impact on my domain as a whole? I'm beginning to move the content to a 'misc' blog - am I likely to see any benefit from doing this - I'll probably end up moving about 100 articles...

    1. paradigmsearch profile image61
      paradigmsearchposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      This is an excellent question! I'm thinking of doing the same thing. smile

    2. Stacie L profile image90
      Stacie Lposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      with over 400 hubs you can afford to move some without causing a drop(I think) in hubscore..I have some I want to move as well but don't have as many i wonder if I'll lose any rating?

    3. Ehnaira05 profile image60
      Ehnaira05posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry that I can't say anything with regards to your problem. I was just here only for 2 days.

      1. IzzyM profile image87
        IzzyMposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        What on Earth is the point in saying anything at all then?

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          paxwillposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          lol, I think some people comment to raise their hubscores.

    4. profile image0
      paxwillposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I'm considering doing the exact same thing with some of my old hubs.  I think I will leave the absolute duds on HP, but move the ones that have some potential even though they get low traffic here.  I plan to do the same thing with my articles on Bukisa, Xomba, Infobarrel, and whatever other revenue share sites I signed up with a long time ago. 

      I don't care about losing hubscore points.  It's better to have a decent article making money on my own site than to let it languish on a revenue sharing platform. 

      Good luck with everything!

    5. Xenonlit profile image59
      Xenonlitposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I'm just starting here and have moved some things from my other sites. But I can't leave them alone, so they are almost like new articles. Thanks for bringing this up.

  2. Benjimester profile image89
    Benjimesterposted 10 years ago

    I clean house all the time.  I've deleted more hubs than I've kept.  Even though Google hasn't said much about it, they seem to be starting to take overall pageviews and view duration into account for their ranking algorithm.  If a hub is old and isn't getting much traffic, I figure it ought to be deleted.  That way, I can spend more time tweaking the really good content, and when Google shows up to my subdomain, all they find are good quality hubs with long view duration and lots of traffic.  I figure that's better in terms of authority than having a lot of content that's barely ever read.  I probably delete about 5 old hubs per month.  It's really personal preference, but I like to keep a tight ship.

    Just a word of warning though, if you are going to delete or move content, you may want to do it slowly and not all at once.

  3. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 10 years ago

    I think old content is better being revamped than deleted. If its not attracting traffic look to see why not? Has it got targetted keywords? Is there demand for those keywords? Can it be changed to incorporate higher searched for keywords?

    I wanted to go through mine but I kept forgetting which were the worst, and of course now I am deep in the plunge, most of my hubs have had no views for over a month, most of which were previously successful. Well might be exaggerating there - a good number of them, let's say, were previously doing OK.

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    RookerySpoonerposted 10 years ago

    My hubs are still quite new, yet do not receive any views and few comments.  I have tried making changes to them, and unpublishing them, only to publish them again after a few days.  Yet still they receive no views.  It can be disheartening, when I have put research into them and have in some cases taken many photographs.  I think the subject matter though of most of my hubs will be of little interest.  I make the mistake in thinking that because I am interested in the subjects, that others will be.  I think, if there is little interest, you might be better to delete them, and maybe add them to another writing site, where they will be available to new readers.

    1. IzzyM profile image87
      IzzyMposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Are you kidding?

      Your account is only 12 days old, probably the search engines have not found your hubs yet, give it some time.

      I started a new account 6 weeks ago, and only in the last few days am I starting to get Google traffic.

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        RookerySpoonerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I have had previous HubPages accounts, which I had for a long time.  And I have found that the longer a hub has been published, the fewer views it receives.

        1. IzzyM profile image87
          IzzyMposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Aaaah, I see! I wasn't sure if you were being tongue-in-cheek as I noticed from some of your comments you have an endearing dry wit, and wondered if this was another example of it.

          I think it depends on the hub topic - I have a few from my earliest days here that continue to get traffic - not a lot - and yet others that have never done well.

          What puts me off removing them is that nearly everything I have ever written online has been stolen. I didn't actually know until my subdomain fell, how many copies of my hubs are out there.

          Paul Edmondson said something about putting your hub title into a search, and look to see if yours is first (especially if it is a long tail which someone else is unlikely to have).

          If yours is not first or nearly, your subdomain has a problem.

          Mine has a problem. The thieves haven't even bothered to change the title!

          So I could spend weeks chasing them up, issuing DMCAs and then when they are all down, unpublish and hope a scammer doesn't re-publish before I republish mine elsewhere, or just leave the hubs where they are and work on them.

          No point in working on them though until I come out of sandbox, to see how well they fare then.

          1. CMHypno profile image86
            CMHypnoposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            I'm with you on this one Izzy, I've moved a couple of hubs and have been dismayed as to how many times they had been copied.  A truly daunting task to sort out, and quite frankly much easier to rewrite the article from a slightly different angle. Would be slightly ironic to be penalised by Google for duplicating your own original content!

  5. prairieprincess profile image92
    prairieprincessposted 10 years ago

    Another place the content is Constant Content.

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      paxwillposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That's a good suggestion too.  One thing to keep in mind is that they don't want pieces that have already been published, so you'd have to tweak and rewrite the articles a little, maybe change the title too.

      1. prairieprincess profile image92
        prairieprincessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        But if you take it down and have it de-indexed, would they be able to still recognize it? I haven't re-posted any hubs there yet but I have a couple in the works. I thought as long as they were no longer indexed, it would be fine. What do you think?

  6. profile image48
    lapss321posted 10 years ago

    Paul Edmondson said something about putting your hub title into a search, and look to see if yours is first (especially if it is a long tail which someone else is unlikely to have).

  7. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 10 years ago

    I know that I'll have to wait for few weeks for Google to de-index before placing them on a blog or elsewhere..if they aren't getting any traffic,maybe not..anyone do this without a hitch?

    1. CMHypno profile image86
      CMHypnoposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You can go onto Google and ask them to de-index your url and it will usually take between 24-48 hours.

  8. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 10 years ago

    I have deleted a couple that were pointless up myself poorly written rubbish, with no hope of redemption.

    Yes I know.  Only two. It's hard being your own critic.

    The majority of my pages don't get much traffic, if any.  But if they are written OK, not spammy, not liable to get me slapped or penalised by Google, then I don't really want to delete them.

    Slowly the mixture, variety of different stuff I have written is beginning to organise itself.  If I accidentally write one page that gets some traffic, and can fit my other non traffic pages into that theme - there is a hope that the reader might read more.

    A single search might lead to a couple of reads, bit of advertising income, maybe even an Amazon sale.

    If you have genuine, non traffic pages, I don't see why Google should penalise you - and as for hubber score.  In the larger scheme of things - money and search traffic - it means nothing.

  9. visitmaniac profile image60
    visitmaniacposted 10 years ago

    Unless you make the articles unique from what you see here on hubpages it will not be indexed by Google thus gaining you no benefit at all.

    Once Google indexes content that site gets the credit. If that content should appear else where it will not be indexed.

    1. xmasdecorations profile image55
      xmasdecorationsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Should be fine if he waits for the content to be deindexed by Google first.

      1. Cagsil profile image83
        Cagsilposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Or uses the Google Removal tool to speed up the process. wink

        1. prairieprincess profile image92
          prairieprincessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Now this has got me really wondering. Which is it? Does de-indexing mean you can't use it somewhere else or not? I have taken a couple of hubs with the intention of using them at Constant Content, or another site. Is this permissible?

          I would love to hear from an experienced online writer on this one. Thanks!

  10. Richieb799 profile image67
    Richieb799posted 10 years ago

    I think removing old hubs might do more harm than good because the Subdomain is viewed almost like a website. Google likes to see websites growing, not getting smaller.

  11. artsofthetimes profile image95
    artsofthetimesposted 10 years ago

    Some of the old hubs on my first account here do get good traffic up till now, and the ones that don't, i leave them be.

    Who knows, they may resurrect one day.

    Plus i hate the idea of thinning out my sub-domain. Id rather move on and keep writing than move work around, especially since we don't really know what exactly is happening.

  12. alphagirl profile image75
    alphagirlposted 10 years ago

    I wondered what happened to odler hubs as I read some that have been on for two years. I think after awhile, the score doesn't matter but the content. And really, why are we here? I don't see myself getting rich doing this. What I see for myself is a platform to write, voice and meet great hubbers. We are all so unique.


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