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Removing Hubs to Increase Traffic?

  1. Joe Macho profile image96
    Joe Machoposted 5 years ago

    Once again, I find myself at the will of the Google machine. This latest drop in traffic has done a number on my earnings, so my question to those of you who've been writing here at hubpages for a while stands as such: Does removing old and unpopular content increase your credibility with Google? Has anyone actually removed old hubs and seen an increase in traffic?

    1. lobobrandon profile image92
      lobobrandonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've removed old hubs that didn't receive traffic. They were basically HP tutorials. Yes, my traffic did increase after that but whether this was the reason - I'm not sure.

    2. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Tried removing a few. No difference at all.  Either they get traffic or they don't.  Many have suggested trying all sorts of things but who knows.  We are manipulated by Google, not the other way around. smile


      1. Joe Macho profile image96
        Joe Machoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Well said. . . I suppose there's no pleasing Google. It does what it wants

    3. Dave Mathews profile image60
      Dave Mathewsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I find it difficult to believe that removing old hubs or hubs with lower following is going to help increase your traffic income. I believe income is based on the number of hubs one writes in the month,and not necessarily on the number of hits you get on that hub. If a person happens to click on one of the ads attached to your hub, that's where a bonus is really generated.

      1. Joe Macho profile image96
        Joe Machoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Does the frequency and the amount of hubs published each month really affect traffic? For the most part, I've been publishing at a consistent rate, but the last month or so, I've slowed down a bit to work on other avenues. Just seems pretty odd that Google would stiff me so bad for not keeping consistency in my publishing rate.

        1. WriteAngled profile image85
          WriteAngledposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          No I do not believe this at all. I only have a few hubs and publish very sporadically, however, my views have been increasing and are now at a steady high regardless of whether I publish or not.

    4. Reality Bytes profile image84
      Reality Bytesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Just the opposite, I have seen increases on older and slower trafficked hubs the longer they are published.

    5. Jason Menayan profile image60
      Jason Menayanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Did you lose traffic from a handful of big traffic-drivers, or did the traffic drop occur evenly across all of your Hubs?

      1. Joe Macho profile image96
        Joe Machoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        My big traffic driving hubs are receiving a little less than half of what they were producing. Hubs with moderate traffic also dove to much lower numbers, so I'd say the loss is fairly evenly spread.

        1. IzzyM profile image89
          IzzyMposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Sounds like your account is plunging the same way as many hubbers here have experienced.
          Check your traffic sources, and I'll bet views from Google.com are way down from normal.
          In my experience, removing hubs makes no difference whatsoever.
          My account has been plunged since last August.
          With any luck, your traffic will return in a few days, just as suddenly as it left.
          Meanwhile, there is nothing you can do but wait, or do what I did and start new subdomains.
          They will go up and down too (although my niche accounts have not plunged yet, only my mixed accounts) but at least it won't be as devastating as losing everything at the one time.

  2. CMHypno profile image94
    CMHypnoposted 5 years ago

    I have removed around 40 hubs over the last six months or so and it didn't make any difference to my low traffic at the time.  My traffic spiked back last month and then fell again and is currently spiking again, but I don't know whether removing the hubs helped cause this or not.

    1. Joe Macho profile image96
      Joe Machoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's good to hear that you're bouncing back! Now I just wish we could tell if doing so really made the difference. oh well... dang google.

      1. CMHypno profile image94
        CMHypnoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks! Let's just hope that it lasts longer than a week this time smile

  3. Mark Ewbie profile image87
    Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago

    I went back and reviewed my pages, and discovered they were not very good.  So I deleted them all.  Now my traffic has got slightly worse!

    You can't win.

  4. incomeguru profile image97
    incomeguruposted 5 years ago

    When it comes to search engine traffic, you can never deceive google, and if you do, it will not go for a longer period before you'll be apprehended. big_smile

  5. Jenny000 profile image56
    Jenny000posted 5 years ago

    Well i want to know that can the hubs really increase the traffic? And if so how?