Hmm, Which Article Would You Read?
To Your Questions
In their Learning Center, I found the following quote:
"Editor's Choice Hubs are Hubs that readers enjoy and are hand selected by HubPages Editors." [Hmm, it's "hand-selected" or better yet, "hand-picked" and the last word doesn't need to be capitalized].
Back to the answers you deserve.
In a emotionally charged forum thread titled No HubPages No!...team attention! [which has since been renamed], Paul Edmondson chimes in just once. More blather about evaluating, learning more, and the data he looked at 'deeply' a year ago. There is 'nothing to report' right now.
Oddly, he could find no correlation between subdomains and the main domain. He stated:
"I'm less convinced that the URL matters since we originally moved to subdomains and then put some content back on the main domain."
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Your Subdomain is More Valuable
Some of the domain factors that Google considers when they rank a page are: domain age, registration length, history, and having a keyword in the subdomain. Panelists at Moz concluded that a domain beginning with a keyword "has an edge" over sites which:
a) do not have a keyword in their domain
b) sites that place the keyword in the middle or at the end of their domain
Guess what that keyword is? You.
As many of you know already, HubPages continues to post my identity, profile, and 277 of my articles despite my numerous public protests. You see, I refuse to click on link, enter a 'code' and provide HubPages with my tax information.
I represent the "inactive" user (according to HubPages TOU) or a dead author. And herein lies their scheme with the Editor's Choice program.
Remember, inactive users = 100% profit for HubPages. You forfeit all of your earnings by being 'inactive' which includes NOT providing HubPages with your SSN, even though HubPages doesn't need your SSN.
Your Good Name is Everything
Credit: Maegan Tintari (lovemaegan on flickr) / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 GenericIf you've never had a manual penalty from Google (and HubPages has), then your subdomain probably carries more authority than you think.
This makes sense based on numerous comments that individual blogs are garnering more traffic from Google than articles on HubPages.
When I was on Squidoo, my profile page had a PageRank of 5.
You might think your profile (or Bio) page doesn't matter much; in October 2014, Barry Schwartz wrote that 'John Mueller said Google probably won't update Toolbar PageRank in the future.'
PageRank might be gone, but author rank isn't.
When my profile page was illegally imported by HubPages, "sousababy" became the first word in the URL.
Hmm, that provides the most benefit to the domain HubPages.
The same would hold true for anyone now on HubPages (whether they agreed to this transfer or not).
Misrepresenting the Data
Okay, here's the breakdown you need to know:
Marina Lazarevic stated: "The reality is, the EC opt out rate is only 3%..."
The problem is that the overwhelming majority of registered users on HubPages have no idea that they need to opt-out of this program.
And that would include 'inactive' users and those who abandoned their accounts. Remember, HubPages keeps 100% of the revenue (including Amazon and eBay profits) that would have been shared with these content owners.
Instead, HubPages has decided to place an "Editor's Choice" banner on the articles that they reap 100% of the profit from. For them, it's worth it to piss off the majority of active users (because there probably aren't that many left now). Think about it. Instead of dishing out 60% of the profit - they get to keep it all.
A Truer Representation of the 3 Percent
How To Check For Yourself
All I did was Google sousababy's editor's choice hubs and instead of finding my own work with an Editor's Choice banner listed, I saw this one (plus several pages more just like it):
The Really Weird Thing
My article (which was originally on Squidoo prior to the illegal transfer of my work) was titled "Bring the Box Office Home."
But take a look at what is highlighted in this Google entry (shown above):
Jan 20, 2013 - By sousababy ..... Reviews of the Best Home Theatre Screens [which I never wrote] EDITOR'S CHOICE [all in caps] and .... sousababy 2 years ago Hub Author [I never was an author on HubPages].
When I clicked on it, my work came up without an EC banner. So I did a search of the words "Editor's Choice" and it led me straight to the Related Hubs section where I found the article with the banner (shown as my intro photo).
Hmm, my work is simply a jumping off page for someone else's work (and so is yours).
Check For Yourself
Just Google your pen name and add the words "editor's choice hubs" to it.
How many pages came up in your search?
So, I decided to check out the article that my work is promoting and found the accolade symbol (shown at right) which indicates the author has "at least 10 Hubs selected as Editor's Choice."
How Bad is the HubPages Domain?
Paul Edmondson stated:
"Although, only EC Hubs are on HubPages (dot) com and they are much more satisfying to readers than the average Hub (Search NPS of 32 for EC vs 27 for the avg Hub)."
Personally, I think the numbers 32 and 27 are just pulled out of a hat.
He also added:
"We debated moving them back to subdomains, but I think it gives us some interesting data by keeping them on the main domain - We can see how google updates impact these Hubs vs subdomains."
As for the "interesting data"? I think it's safe to assume that only HubPages execs are benefiting (and we'd never know it, since we are not privy to the same data).
About 17 - 19 Months Ago People Reported
HubPages Used the Wrong Code?
A Worrisome Comment About EC Hubs
Catering to Scrapers Perhaps?
Four Months Ago People Reported
Nothing Seemed to Improve for EC Hubs
Authors Even Gave EC a Second Chance
But Guess Who Doesn't "Get It"?
To Answer You Susana S
Since I am somehow supporting your work:
The overwhelming evidence I've shown supports the fact that the HubPages domain is the only one benefiting from the EC program.
There are but a handful of shills that support it. So to answer your question:
What are these negative ramifications?
- Loss of traffic, in many cases less than half (which translates into loss of income)
- High bounce rates
- Loss of link juice from 301 redirects
- Inability to track the performance of EC hubs on analytics
- Loss of your subdomain authority
- A possible downgrade of your author rank
And Now Back to My Loyal Readers
Do you honestly feel that "this change is likely going to have zero to minimal impact" on you?
Addendum March 14th, 2015
Leigh Goessl Opened an Account on HubPages
I decided to Google "leigh goessl hubpages" and at the bottom of the first page, I found the following (shown as a screenshot next).
But She Never Wrote an Article on HubPages
At First Glance
The above Google entry (on page 1), led me to believe that:
1) The article was on HubPages was written Nov 12th, 2012 by Leigh Goessl.
2) That in order to post something on Leigh's article, you need to do so with a HubPages account.
Fact: The article "What Makes a Good Professor" was written by LoganG (who is an author on HubPages).