I recently read Simone's hub on this, but cannot find it again. It talked about how hubs would or would not be featured on our profiles if they're idle and the impact that our choice have on Google searches.
Prior to that I remember seeing that idle hubs would not likely drag down our content, and that there was some sort of bot recognition for seasonality. But I just realized that my Valentine's Day hub and my Leap Year Day hubs will no longer be on my profile at all. are we able to feature just certain idle hubs and leave the rest off? If so, how?
I believe it is an all-or-nothing approach for showing all idle hubs or none at all on our profile. The option is under "Profile" on your account. Near the bottom of the page is the "Show idle hubs on my profile" option. Select yes or no. I currently have my profile as "no" because there is a warning that idle hubs lower your profile rating on Google, which diminishes your search traffic. Best of luck to you jellygator
Christy, thanks for the reminder on how to use the show idle hubs. I also would add that if you update your hub, Jelley, by adding a poll, picture or information, it will most likely reactivate your hub post.
So is it better to (a) let rarely viewed hubs go idle and not allow them to be featured on your subdomain, or (b) edit them to take them out of idle and have rarely-viewed hubs on your subdomain?
My personal opinion:
If I felt that the subject of a hub had the potential to make the headlines in the future, I would do everything possible to continue to get it seen by SE. I wrote a hub on Advanced Fee Scheme, since 8/10 this hub has received just over 500 views. For some reason, this week the hub has received 10-20 views a day, not much, but it is traffic.
If I had a hub that I thought was quality content but not likely to ever receive much traffic, I would allow it to remain published, but I would also allow it to be hidden on my profile. What I would do is to link to the hub through every source that was relevant. I prefer links within the body of the text using relevant words or phrases.
I would enjoy the ability to have a page go straight to ZZzz, this way I could provide additional information on small points within my existing hub without needing to create a full hub. A few hundred words without using polls, quizzes, videos, etc... A sort of personal Wikipedia. Something that would be available to my viewers without cluttering my profile.
For example, I would like to provide more information on small points of history without the need to expand it in to a stand alone article. I thought of doing this with a blogger page but I felt the excess links to one site would cause issues. Does anyone do this sort of thing and if you do, how do you do it?
I know this thread is a few weeks old but I just want to share my experience with those that are considering not to leave your idled hubs on your profile pages.
Personally, I don't believe the crap that HP is spewing about some content, that their bots have targeted, will hold down your better performing content. Absolutely no proof of this has been shown. I decided that my content should remain on my profile page... and I have found great benefit from those hubs that HP idled. Firstly, they may get de-indexed from Google, but every single one of them remained in Yahoo and Bing. Secondly, the hubs that did get idled here were mostly product hubs and over the past several months those product hubs have been producing great sales from Amazon. Thirdly, my reaction to the idled hubs was to unpublish them, wait until Yahoo/Bing de-indexed them, then move them to my personal blogs. I have done that with about 50 hubs so far and guess what? Every single one of them are indexed and ranking in Google and the only thing that has change on them is the URL (pointing to my new domains) and possibly a little tweak in the titles. I have not touched one word in the body of the content... added Amazon widgets as they were here, and they are getting traffic and earning sales.
So, go ahead, believe the HP hype if you want but you will only be hurting yourself in the long run. I have some hubs too that were not product hubs.. they were designed strictly for Adsense, and these too are performing so much better now that they are not confined by some ridiculous idling scheme. One more question too... I thought that by going to the subdomains, our content was to stand or fall on its own. If that is so, why does HP keep interfering with that scenario?
You can choose an Idle Hub (seasonal or not) to be one of the Hubs that shows in your carousel at the top of your profile. Those can be selected on an individual basis and can be changed seasonally or on any other kind of rotation. They will be featured at the top of your profile page, even though they don't show up in the overall collection of your Hubs.
It's good to know that just one could be featured and individually selected. I thought it was an all-or-nothing, and the truth is ... most of those idled hubs I have really aren't worth showing! But the two seasonal topics ones I think can be, and I wouldn't want to lose them.
by Shasta Matova 5 years ago
I know that you can choose to display your idle hubs on your profile page, but I don't, because I don't want Google to see them at all and get confused by all those "do not follow." What this means is that my idle hubs are not available for anyone to see, and I have to actively...
by Nell Rose 5 years ago
Are the hubs without an 'H' next to them idle hubs? And if so why do I suddenly have so many?Does this mean that the person or persons who are checking them decide that they are not good enough all of a sudden after two years of being on the internet? I personally think Hubpages is trying to...
by Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago
Hey everyone!We have just released the ability to choose whether or not you showcase Idle Hubs on your HubPages Profile. By default, Idle Hubs will not show up on your Profile, so if you would like them to appear, visit My Account > Profile > Edit Profile and check “Yes” under “Show...
by jellygator 5 years ago
Will idle hubs get featured again if they have an uptick in traffic?If a hub goes idle, and you post it to a forum where it starts generating good, regular traffic, will it become featured again even if you do not update it in any way?
by Amy Gillie 6 years ago
One of my best performing hubs is marked as idle. It has had 31 views just this week - better than many of my other hubs that are not idle. I believe this is a mistake.Here is the hub: <link snipped>
by H Lax 5 years ago
I recently (within the past few hours) published a hub...Christmas in a Shelter ... which has already been crawled by Google (101 minutes ago). The hub has not been approved to be featured yet and I did not check the box on my profile to show idle hubs. I also did not put any tags on this hub so I...
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