I wanted to provide an update on Editor’s Choice Hubs. We started the program to recognize great Hubs. Over the last nine months we have selected almost 20,000 EC Hubs and a handful are getting added every day. We’ve had lots of great comments that Hubbers love the recognition, but the data hounds in the community say: that’s great, but do they get more traffic?
When a EC Hub is selected it gets moved from the author’s subdomain to the main HubPages.com domain. When an older Hub is moved it can be a bit of a wild ride. Sometimes Hubs jump way up and other times they come down. Overall, they’re slightly up (~2%).
Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to see several sites (outside of HubPages) that have done major movements like this and in some cases it has taken two years for a significant traffic shift after creating clusters of high quality content. So, I think there is still a chance that we will see a major traffic move, and it appears that there is some slight traffic benefit in the short term on average.
I hope Hubbers stay with the program and hang in there with us for the long haul. We are working on several improvements to the site. I’m very optimistic about the future of HubPages. Stay tuned Hubbers.