Getting Discouraged with Hubpages

Four months ago, my 595 web pages transferred over from Squidoo to Hubpages. Within a few weeks, the site was slapped by a Penguin update with Google suppressing Hubpages in its searches. This resulted in very low traffic for everyone there. Long-time hubbers quickly blamed the Squidoo content for the attack. I think it was just poor timing and not necessarily directed at former Squidoo pages.

Being used to ranking in the top 20 lensmasters on the Squidoo site, I had expectations for doing well on Hubpages too. I figured that after learning the ropes and making required adjustments to my pages, that I’d steadily regain traffic and sales.

Alas, this is not to be. Hubpages only seems to like my stodgiest pages and has hidden about 50% of the ones it considers low quality or lacking in engagement. Many of the low traffic ones are holiday topics, but it will require much work to get those back in service. Given the shunning from Google, hardly any traffic is finding its way to hubs.

It seems lately that any featured hubs with red skulls that I correct the issues, immediately go to unfeatured for quality. When the ones lacking engagement get updated, they do the same. I’m not sure what guidelines the reviewers are using but I’m not on the right track with my fixes.

Enough is enough. It appear from the forum discussions that a batch of old-time hubbers are brandishing flaming torches and vowing to report all sub-standard hubs. They needn’t come around trying to burn down my barn, I seem to be doing a fine job on my own getting my hubs out-of-commission.

On the brighter side, I’m just about finished with the prep work on my first ebook. It contains the content from 5 former lenses, now hubs that I’m deleting. Onward and upward.


5 thoughts on “Getting Discouraged with Hubpages

  1. Kathy Glascott January 6, 2015 / 3:42 am

    Something is rotten in the state of Hubpages! Good luck!

  2. Barbara January 6, 2015 / 4:03 am

    Virginia, right there with you, onward and upward

  3. Nancy Hardin January 6, 2015 / 5:56 am

    Ditto to the onward and upward. I’ve asked a question on TWD, about eBooks. Could you find it and check your status on it? It’s for a new project, and I need to know how many members are doing ebooks. Thanks Virginia, and I so totally agree with this post. I can’t waste the rest of my life trying to please those who can’t be pleased.

  4. Nancy Hardin January 6, 2015 / 6:07 am

    Virginia, I realized I should have checked the poll first before asking you to go there. You’ve already put your status on their, and thanks.

  5. Lisa January 6, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    I never really expected my hubs to do as well as my lenses, but the dismal performance is even worse than I anticipated. Onward and upward elsewhere!

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