HubPages has introduced a very significant change a couple of days ago, underperforming hubs will now invoke the Google no-index spell. As expected this has unleashed a storm in the forums, a tradition whenever any change is made on the site, although this one promises to be of hurricane Eric proportions.
There is a lot of knee-jerk reaction, with many people misunderstanding what this actually means. The hubs will still be published, it is just that they will not be found on Google. However, since articles that get reasonable Google traffic will not be affected, it is difficult to see what difference this will make to traffic and earnings. HubPages rationale is that some pages provoke Google anger, and this, than reflects badly on the whole subdomain. By hiding the “bad” pages, Google might decide to like the whole subdomain better, and traffic might actually rise.
In the success-measured-in-pennies world of wannabe online money makers, my HubPages writing was coming along nicely. I was starting to get about 100 views a day, a few of my hubs were on the first page of Google SERPs for their (very uncompetitive keywords) and it seemed to me, that with more consistent writing, and some time for the hubs to mature, things would only get better. It appears I was desperately innocent and naive. A few days ago, I saw the HubPages Google Slap happen in realtime. My hubs are relegated to pages that are so far away that even I can’t be bothered to search for them. From having about 70 hits a day, to 5, if I am lucky. Continue reading
Another monthly summation of my attempts to earn money online. It will soon be six months since I started this attempt to free myself from the necessity of finding another job, and the risk of having my mental health destroyed by despotic bosses and Orwellian HR procedures. My mental health since I’ve stopped working has improved considerably. Unfortunately my income shows no signs of reaching the minimum wage. Continue reading