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Why Bother to Edit Hubs?

02 Jan

The first 3 months after the Squidoo content transferred to Hubpages, I made a valiant effort to adjust the articles to match the new site’s wishes. It bothered me to see red skulls signifying violations and bothered me even more to see the gaping holes from missing elements in my transferred hubs.

It was hard work, taking as much as an hour or even two or three hours per hub. Then the day came when Hubpages lost patience with its new acquisitions and overnight set hundreds of hubs (former lenses) to unfeatured status. “What happened?” we all asked, as we had been promised a grace period of 4 months.

We were told that our pages were spammy and low quality, even ones with high hub scores. I decided to soldier on, but must admit I was losing heart.It’s hard to see much reason to keep editing, as the next day shows many of the revamped hubs are still not acceptable. Here’s a screen shot of my recently changed hubs:

These are my recently edited hubs. The big red X shows the ones that went to Not Featured - Quality the next day.

These are my recently edited hubs. The big red X shows the ones that went to Not Featured – Quality the next day.

 

It seems the few that make it past the editing and remain featured are more personal, family topics. Those are also the ones that are unlikely to earn a penny or even draw much traffic. A couple of sales oriented hubs made it through (Easter baskets and pancake pens). I can’t see that they are any higher in quality than some of the other rejected ones.

It makes me think that the rating process is whimsical at best and probably skewed against former Squidoo content particularly if you have any Amazon capsules in them.

I’ve plunged into creating my own sites, well, only one so far. Also, I’m working on an eBook that will take the content from 5 hubs. As I gain confidence in these new playing fields, more and more of my hubs will disappear from Hubpages. About half of them are hidden right now, so they might as well leave completely and go somewhere that gives them a new lease on life.

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Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Writing

 

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7 responses to “Why Bother to Edit Hubs?

  1. paulonbooks

    January 3, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Bering in a similar position, I agree with what you’ve said and share your lack of belief in Hubpages.

     
  2. Holly Day

    January 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I only got one unfeatured Hub but don’t believe in any kind of future for others on that site. I think such platforms are about to be a thing of the past. Search engines don’t seem to like them any more. They may also be reported for spam by competitors, hackers or simply by people who think destroying others’ work is fine. Anyway, I have my sites to host my own articles, some multi-author sites to host those that won’t find a new home and it’s fine that way 🙂

     
  3. ann miller

    January 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I’m with you Virginia creating new places for my work

     
  4. peggyhazelwood

    January 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Yes, I rarely even visit HubPages any more other than to look at my pitiful earnings. I’m also going to create some ebooks using several squbs 😉 and see if I can again earn from my writing that way.

     
  5. Lisa Gabriel

    January 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Yes, I agree with what you say having had two incredibly silly unpublishings and unfeaturings without number. It is sad when an educational hub score 95 one day and is unpublished the next for having one link back to an educational website that provides free lessons. Naff! I say! Naff!!!

     
  6. Rhonda Albom

    January 3, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I am still undecided about HubPages, although I miss the income from Squidoo.

     
  7. Kathryn Grace

    February 1, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Although I have only about a fifth of the lenses, now hubs, you have, I’ve experienced much the same.

    After their broken promises about giving our hubs four months to build traffic, and several other issues that never seem to get resolved–inaccurate traffic counts, inaccurate data, and more broken promises–I’ve lost faith.

    Squidoo was a fun place to hang out. HubPages is not. I don’t know whether it will be around a year from now, so I feel no compunction to continue to invest a lot of time there.

    What makes me sad about this is the community we had at Squidoo, the feeling that we writers, pounding the keys in our isolation and solitude, had a home, a group with whom to share the pitfalls and successes of our writerly lives.

    I’m grateful for the way we stayed connected on Facebook, a lot of us, and how we are creating a supportive network for ourselves, sharing resources, and learning from one another.

    I wish you well, Virginia, as you build a new and, hopefully, more reliable platform for your work.

     

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