HubPages offers its writers the opportunity to not only build a portfolio of great content on a variety of subjects but to also earn money from it along the way through different mediums like Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, eBay and the HubPages Ad Program. That is the reason why I joined the site back in 2009 and would recommend it to other writers.
While I think HubPages is a great site for building a writing portfolio and for making money online there is one thing about it that I do not like. Articles (aka hubs) published on HubPages can become unfeatured. You can publish a lengthy high quality article with great content, images, maybe even polls and videos and while it will get published and featured, which means that it will appear on search engines, it can quickly become unfeatured.
Why can a hub become unfeatured if it’s a high quality article you ask? It can happen because your hub simply isn’t getting much traffic, if at all. And if that is the case it will become unfeatured and therefore get de-indexed and not appear on Google and other search engines. So, no matter how amazing your article is if hardly anyone ever visits it then it will become unfeatured due to traffic and therefore will not appear in search engine results. But how are writers supposed to get more traffic to their hubs if they do not show up in search engines as most of the traffic actually comes from there? There has to be a way for hubs to get indexed again and make it back to search engines. But how?
Editing. Yep, you heard me correctly. You have to edit those hubs that become unfeatured due to traffic. Either add a bit more content or rewrite what you’ve written. The hubs will get republished and become featured again. Of course, if you have a long list of hubs that suddenly become unfeatured it’s a daunting task to edit them all. And you may not want to do that nor have the time for it.
If you don’t want to go through editing them you can try promoting them again on social media. Perhaps that will get the traffic back up and will bring the hubs back to their featured status and therefore make them appear in search engine results. Or perhaps you can leave them as they are and they will get their traffic increase on their own. I’ve had hubs that were unfeatured due to traffic that I never edited and after some time they became featured again without me doing anything. So, it is possible for hubs to get featured again without lifting a finger. But you never know how long it will take. I reckon it can take weeks, maybe months for that to happen.
Hubs being unfeatured due to traffic is a fairly new thing on HubPages. When I joined back in 2009 and for years that followed there was no such thing in existence. I don’t understand why all of a sudden HubPages decided to unfeature hubs that are not getting much traffic. Does that ruin the site’s search engine rankings? Is that why this is happening? I really have no idea but it wouldn’t make much difference to me even if I did. I am very much against this and am tired of seeing my hubs become unfeatured time and time again due to traffic.
I have 214 published hubs. Sometimes only a few become unfeatured but sometimes it’s a whole batch. I don’t have the time nor the desire to edit them all. So, I may edit some here and there, leave the rest as they are and wait for them to be featured again, sometimes promoting them again on social media. Perhaps that is not the best option but that’s what I do at the present time.
I think HubPages may be the only site that unfeatures its published content and it is not right in my opinion. Hubs that are published should be featured no matter how much traffic they get if they are high quality articles. And they must be high quality if they got published in the first place.
HubPages unfeatures hubs due to low traffic. What do you think? Is it right for articles to get unfeatured/de-indexed? Please share in the comments below.
Lena Kovadlo is a poet, writer and published author of nine books, one of which is a debut novel The Secret Life of Ashley Miles. She is also a content writer for HubPages, Bubblews, Writedge, Daily Two Cents, and Wikinut, among other websites, under the username lovebuglena. She helps other authors publish books. She is originally from Minsk, Belarus but now lives in Staten Island, NY.