For quite some time, Hubbers have requested that we boost HubPages’ reputation by improving the site’s overall quality. Hubbers have also been asking for advice on when to update and delete old Hubs. Today we are beginning a series of updates that we hope will address both requests.
Sometimes a couple of under-performing Hubs can hurt the reputation of your entire online portfolio in the eyes of search engines. As part of our efforts to improve everyone’s reputation (and traffic), beginning Wednesday, we will put your least successful Hubs on Idle. An Idle Hub is available from your profile page and to your followers, but it isn’t indexed by search engines.
Beginning today, you will able to see Idle Hubs that we identified by visiting My Account > Hubs > Stats. A Hub becomes Idle when it is out of date, needs some editing, or just hasn’t had much interest lately. We encourage you to update it with fresh information, text, and media. If, after being updated, a Hub still fails to perform well, rest assured that you can leave it alone without it putting the rest of your Hubs at risk. For the next 48 hours, these statuses are informational only. On Wednesday afternoon, they will be operational.
Showing which Hubs need work (or just aren’t working anymore) helps remind us all to regularly edit our portfolio of Hubs, as keeping content up to date and carefully culled is increasingly important. Under-performing Hubs that will be affected by this update are not seeing much success via search, Topic pages, or Hubs as it is, so you should see very little change in traffic in the short run and hopefully enjoy a boost in readership over the long run.
This update is just the first version of many to come. Figuring out how to best protect Hubbers’ reputations and improve the overall quality of Hubs will aid their chances of success. We are confident that this first step is a very positive one! We hope you take this as a convenient opportunity to do some spring cleaning amongst your Hubs – and that you enjoy more traffic as a result.
A huge thank you to the awesome community of Hubbers that offered their feedback and helped shape this feature along the way.