Traffic Surge on HubPages - Google Traffic Up

My own personal experience on the sub-domain change

I've noticed alot of discussion in the HubPage forums about Google traffic surging and Google traffic plunging since the sub-domain change here at HubPages.

Without getting into the technical side of SEO or back-linking and key words, I thought I might share my personal experience about the latest changes in my own sub-domain and what has been happening in my own account here at HubPages.

I have included some screen-shots that I took of my stats showing the increase - along with a screen shot of one of my hubs on painting Christmas windows. Although that is a niche topic, the fact that it is number #1 pretty much affirms my thoughts that I've captured that spot now.

Screen shot of Dorsi's traffic surge

My traffic has surged dramatically - after the HubPage sub-domain switch. You can see the drop after the Google Algorithm, panda update also.
My traffic has surged dramatically - after the HubPage sub-domain switch. You can see the drop after the Google Algorithm, panda update also. | Source

Post-Panda experience

Perhaps something I share here with you may help you with your writing/and/or give you some ideas of things you can do with your hubs to help them succeed. Along with almost everyone else here, I was also a victim of the Google Algorithm Panda change. I have to admit it WAS disheartening to see my page views sink from 1,500 page views a day to 800. Not only did my page views sink but my Google Adsense earnings did also. Then in steps the new HubPages ad program -and gratefully through that I recaptured some of my lost earnings. I also lost my Amazon account because of the tax issues surrounding California (I am a California Amazon affiliate - or at least I should say I was) Pretty dismal I must say.

One thing I did during post-panda was to check into the forums once in awhile to see how people were doing. I did not pay too much attention to the drop though because I felt that things would work themselves out in the wash. Meanwhile, I didn't write much but always checked my comments, my earnings, and did a few hubs on things near and dear to my heart (my hub about my missing co-worker Michelle Le- who is still missing and presumed murdered )

Then in comes the sub-domains change. I made the switch and kept my fingers and pinkies crossed. A few days after the switch my hubs started improving, a nice bit, then dropped back down again. Then, 3 weeks ago, I saw a huge up-tick in traffic. As of this date, Sept, 14, 2011, my traffic has went from 800 views a day (post-panda) to close to 4,000. This pattern has been holding strong and all my hubs, even the ones that didn't get much traffic pre-Panda, are also getting picked up by Google. Many of my hubs are on the first page of Google. Some are the first entry.

I'm elated to say the least.

My Christmas window painting hub is #1 on Google

The hub I wrote about Christmas window painting is number #1 on the first page of Google. Although it is a niche topic it still took awhile for it to get this placement.The photos I included in this hub also rank on the first page of Google images.
The hub I wrote about Christmas window painting is number #1 on the first page of Google. Although it is a niche topic it still took awhile for it to get this placement.The photos I included in this hub also rank on the first page of Google images. | Source

Normal things I do at HubPages

So in the interest of sharing knowledge, I thought I'd share what I do here at HubPages. Some of these things are just good practice, but some of these things may help my fellow writers here at HubPages (spreadin the love) And hopefully, my traffic holds steady, because otherwise I may be sitting here with egg on my face - but I will still know that I have provided some valuable marketing writing tips here. These are not all of my tips for sure (you can check my other hubs for that) but these are tips and things I have been doing POST Panda, and post Sub-domain - which may or may not be helping me right now but I think they have (and all of these tips are basically things I have always done here at HubPages) I have my Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links on my profile. I use these accounts with my writing consistently. And I did update my profile with a longer description recently (my profile views are also up)

Things I do daily:

1. I check into HubPages (sign-in)

2. I check my earnings (sometimes obsessively but that's me)

3. I check my comments (I may not respond right away but I do try to respond within a day - depending on how many comments I have)

Things I do on an ongoing weekly basis:

1. I check and review older hubs. Spelling, keywords, bolding, title additions, and I twitter and like older (and newer) hubs based on what I think is appropriate to send out. I don't spam but I regularly get my links out there (I think it's good to look at older hubs and make the best out of them that you can)

2. I don't do alot of keyword research but I have started using the Google adwords keyword tool. This has given me good ideas and addition for titles and keywords that I might not have thought of. I keep the keywords in mind but I don't stuff them. I use them appropriately in the context of writing and making points. I have them at the beginning and at the end of my hubs. Like I said I'm no SEO expert but my marketing background helps me feel the direction I should go while writing.

3. I am very conversational. People have told me that that is one thing that has appealed to them in my writing. I try to stick to that because that is me. I found that when I tried to write technically it wasn't me (and it honestly it wasn't as much fun) So if you are conversational writer I would embrace that. Readers like real - when you are conversational it bridges the informality of the Internet - so embrace it!

Poll on Google Traffic/ Surges and Plunges

Since the sub-domain switch has your traffic plunged or surged?

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More tips on writing well - my thoughts on post panda and sub-domains

Things I do randomly:

1. I pop into the forums. Honestly, I am a little concerned about writers here putting too much time and effort into figuring out why there are traffic plunges, surges and wild swings. I think sometimes there are things that we are just not meant to figure out and we can waste valuable time and energy that could be better spent writing or with your family. Maybe it's a little easier for me to say this because my Google traffic is surging, but I feel I am going to leave the technical side of this to HubPages - which is what they do best. They want us to succeed too! So far from what I've seen they are making changes to improve HubPages (they always have as far as I'm concerned) I do think it is valuable for them to know the stories of traffic surges and plunges but I also worry that some people may get caught up in obsessive traffic checking and brooding about page views. None of that is productive. I figure that IF I plunge again, I will ride the tide again. It happened after Panda and yes, it could happen again. Who are we to try to figure out a Google Algorthm change? As long as we continue to write quality hubs, do some sort of marketing, keep communications open between your readers and fellow hubbers, it will all work out in the end.

The last thing I have to say on these Google/HubPages traffic swings/purges and dropping traffic is that I think Google is tweaking their systems. I think they are ferreting out the bad as best they can and unfortunately, even some of the good writers have got cought in the cross-fire for whatever reason. Could it be something related to their writing somewhere else - a blog - poor spelling? Not enough connection with their readers? Not enough words - or too many keywords? Short hubs? The list could go on and in and we could make ourselves crazy trying to figure it out. If you know you are a good writer just stick with it and I feel the rewards will come. You will figure out where you need to improve and make the necessary adjustments. If you know that what you write is lacking then work on it! And as for me, I always feel that I can better myself and my writing, There is never too much to learn and everyday I try to improve on what I have done, am doing and plan to do. Right now I am about to tackle writing summaries for all my hubs - which is going to be a bit of work for me - but if HP says it's helpful - then I am going to do this too.

Good luck hubbers! We will ride this out together!

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher, photographer and artist. She writes on a variety of topics)

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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

This is an outstanding Hub and I thank you Dorsi so much for it. Today I had been wondering if it was more work than it was worth. It's hard to convince my wonderful hubbie that all this writing is paying off when I earn .17 a day! LOL. But you have many more hubs than me and many more followers.

I just sent you a friend request on FB with a question about the profile page. Too much for comments but I'd appreciate your advice. Voted up and very useful! Bookmarked, too.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Sinea) Thank you and your welcome.I remember those .17 days too. Just keep at it. It DOES pay off.


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Zubair Ahmed 5 years ago

Hi Dorsi,

Liked your hub thank you for sharing - in comparison to you still a newbie on HP and just gradually gaining momentum.


PWalker281 5 years ago

Thanks for writing this. I'm one of those hubbers who experienced a dramatic plunge in page views right after the labor day weekend. People have told me that September is a "slow" month, but I haven't seen a drop like this in September before. Interestingly enough, my profile page rank and the page rank of several of my hubs has remained the same.

The big drop was a shock because I did fairly well after the switch to subdomains, with some of my hubs appearing on the first and second page of the SERPs. But after angsting over it, I've decided to try to not let it bog me down and focus on writing. Rated up and useful!


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Nexusx2 5 years ago

Nice hub, I wonder how much you could be making with your own network. Maybe 30% more?


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain

Thank you Dorsi. I have been happy and grateful to hubpages for being on the forefront of the Panda changes. I knew they would work it out! I have a similar story to you. Content is king and this is what is coming through time and time again. It is great... no more link building, just great writing!


SusieQ42 5 years ago

You've got some good tips here! I've been working on old hubs to some degree. Changing titles and key words a little bit, and looking for spelling errors. I've even checked out some of the forums and try to reply to my comments. I've only been here on HP 5 months, so I guess I'm playing the waiting game. Susieq


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Zubair) Thanks for reading and keep at it - you will reap the rewards.

@PWalker) It is hard to not get caught up in the wondering why.I hadn't heard that Sept. was a slow month but it would make sense since the kids go back to school and parents are busy.

@Nexus) I've branched out some but HP has good authority for driving traffic.

@Shaz) Yes I believe good writing will always rise to the top! Good to hear you are doing well.

@Susie) Glad to be of help. It's always good to look at older hubs and see if you can improve on them. I didn't get my first AdSense check for 10 months so hang in there!


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

Nice hub, Dorsi. Well written and helpful. While I don't have the number of hubs and views you have, I have experienced consistent increased traffic since sub-domains. I've had the surges, but no plunges. I do a lot of the same as you have shared. I look at analytics closely to see what keywords are being used, time on page, bounce rate. Also Google Webmaster Tools is very helpful in giving info on our subdomains. I have read that often keywords may bring traffic, but a quick bounce because the keyword didn't deliver the right info. Google doesn't like that.

I think toolbar metrics are definitely being looked at in assessing our subdomains as a whole.

I believe content is still king. If we want readers, we have to give them something worth reading. Great job here, thanks for sharing your tips with the community!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

My traffic has surged! Oh yay! Even Google is much better. But hub pages is the deal for me. I have never made so much money. How great is it to know that next month I will have a good size payout from both Google and Hub pages. And in the past few months I have only created 2 new articles - so it is the old articles that have come back to life.

When I do research, especially on yahoo, I'm surprised at how many hubs come up. I've never seen this before.

Oh, and I do the same 3 things that you do each day - I check into hub pages, I love checking the amount of money I am earning, and I get to the comments - like now. My goal is to write more hubs because I can think of no where else that I can earn this kind of passive income. Oh yay!

Rated way up and awesome.

Carolyn


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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta

Excellent hub Dorsi! Voted up. Love your style of writing and how your information just flows very easy to follow.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Hi Rebekah) Glad to hear you are holding strong there my friend. I am about to start researching on the Google bounce so I can understand that better.

@BK) That is so awesome. Glad to know things are looking up for you too

@adrienne) Thanks so much. Thank you for reading and commenting!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Dorsi, just another great useful hub. Votes to you. I appreciate the time it took for you to write all this. Well worth it. Thanks for the info.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@lyric) Thank-you!


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relache 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

I just wanted to say my own experiences have been very similar since the subdomain change, and so is my strategy for dealing with my Hubs and letting HubPages be the ones to psychoanalyze Google. It seems much more productive and less stressful that way.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Relache) Looks like we have very similar thoughts and experiences regarding this. And it is alot more productive to focus on what we do well - which is to write!


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sonykkid 4 years ago

it shows the panda updates shouldn't bring you down


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@sony) Exactly. Since writing this my views have dropped in half almost again but I know that will change eventually. No reason to worry about it. Ebb and flow....it's the name of the game and don't put all your eggs in one basket...


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p10kabhijita 4 years ago from India

Great lessons to learn for a newbie here. Thanks for sharing :)


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@p10kabhijita) Thanks for reading p10 but my Google traffic has taken a nose dive since the last Google Penguin update. I'm not giving up though!


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Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

This was interesting although it is a little beyond my reach and scope of understanding. Guess I will catch on as my hubs age? I hope so!


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

As a newbie to hubpages, I have written about 98 hubs in four months. I have started going back through my hubs and spell-checking, tweaking titles, revising summaries, etc. and have seen an increase in traffic. My traffic counts are still relatively low (about 100 visits a day) though. I came here to learn how to be a better writer but it would sure be nice to make a little money while I'm learning. I really appreciate other more experienced hubbers who are willing to share what they have learned here. Thank you so much!


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Doodle) Thank you and yes, you will catch on for sure, I did...just takes times and lots of reading and spending time in the forums.

@lrc7815 ) Thanks and you are doing well for just starting! Keep up the great work and you will make money.


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Dorsi 3 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@ kapilddit) YW and thanks for reading!

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