My traffic reduced to almost nothing yesterday but is now picking up again. I find Panda sometimes produces a temporary traffic crash which quickly recovers again (rather than a more permenant traffic reduction ie a penalty).
I never did work out why Laura - but my drop lasted around 5-6 weeks. Drop and recovery coincided with Google algorithm changes. I didn't do anything different, either before, during or after, so who knows?
I have also noticed some changes. Maybe it is something to do with yet another Google Panda update. If anyone knows how we can ensure that our traffic is high, please let me know as I would be interested in changing my working methods to keep up my rankings.
My views took a big drop starting about one month ago. At that time easily getting 300 views per day, but now I'm doing good if I get 200 views a day. That's not very good for a total of 94 hubs!! No strange drop in views today.
About a month ago, over a period of about a week, my views dropped drastically from over 500 views per day to below a hundred. My earnings too went down like the Titanic.
Then I read in a forum that summaries should not contain any phrases from the first paragraph or the conclusion, or any text copied from the Hub. So for the last few days I have been editing the summaries for every Hub (using my browser's search feature) to make them "uniquely worded", and also quite short, leaving at least 300 characters remaining. It's hard to keep the summaries short but very descriptive of the essence of each Hub. Without considering any key words mentioned in title, description or conclusion I write fresh content for each summary answering the question: What is this Hub really about in under 200 characters?
And guess what? My views have picked up. Today they were back to over 350 a day. I am hoping that by the time I finish editing all the summaries my views will be back to normal.
It's lovely to see so many red triangles on my account's page. For a bl..dy change!
I just celebrated my ten year anniversary as a writer-editor over at BellaOnline (wow, yeah... A content site has survived that long!) and it's a pattern I've seen at the end of every summer since I started. So I don't see why that would change all that drastically now...
Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! Quite an achievement!
Hope you are right about the traffic as my most successful subdomain took a dive this week, but only back to where it was a couple of weeks ago - last week it saw a phenomenal rise, but that might have to do with a certain TV show in the US.
All except for one hub that is now seeing double figures instead of treble. According to Analytics it got over 600 unique views yesterday, yet my share is only about 80??
Another subdomain that has been hit before, took another hit - down to 4 Google views.
Somehow the overall loss of traffic seems worse than it really is, probably.
Relache: I'm glad you posted this because this was my thinking, also. However, there was a Panda update on Aug 20, so this may be affecting things as well. I'd really like it better if it was the back to school thing, though...that's much easier to swallow!!
Rather think it's Google's damn bear. Yahoo, Bing and HubPages views are consistent but Google.com, .ca and .co.uk have disappeared. Not a one. What's more, pages that were ranking on Monday have also disappeared from Google's index. Last time it took about six weeks to return to normal.
Yes exactly. Google.com, uk, ca all zero. Me too. My pages are totally in the dark. My best hub getting steadily 80-100 views per day for months and zero now for several days. Not a normal fluctuation. If it comes back on its own great but it's concerning it seems to have disappeared.
Izzy, you're not getting conflicting views due to slide show views, are you? HP separates them out, but unless you instruct analytics to do so they get included in a particular hub (depending on what kind of search you use).
My traffic has bounced right back from 20% of normal back to more or less 'normal' in 24 hours. Some hubs now have much more traffic and some less but overall I don't think I've lost out. Overall my traffic level is now more or less stable, ie no major increases or decreases between stat updates.
I've been posting in the other forum about the traffic sources glitch because at the same time my traffic dropped my sources page went into the negatives. My traffic dropped off 3 days ago to about 5% of what it was. My hubs are in the dark on google. Even though they are indexed and no warnings on webmaster tools, my hubs have zero traffic from google still today. I can't find them when searching my hub title or first paragraph. I can only see them in google if I use the hub URL or my profile URL. They are all there but somehow not searchable. I guess there was a panda update, but for every other update I rode it out without a glitch. Glad to see some traffic is returning to others so maybe there is hope.
I have exactly the same scenario. My traffic nosed dived three days ago and all I have is blue triangles with no explanation other than the recent Panda update, (there is a link to learn more about it earlier in the thread). I have never had this happen before.
It's definitely weird that I can put my hub title into google and NOT have my hub show up, but I can enter the URL into google and there it is. To me this doesn't seem to be related to a low page rank, it's just not there. Not 1 person has found my hub on google in days.
You have too take a real long term view on your traffic. I mean 12 months at a time long term view. Your traffic for your hubs will always ebb down and flow up constantly over a year. Also depending on the type of niche hubs you have, you may find the traffic on them spikes up dramatically or down. These reasons are;
Holidays Start of seasons (people are outdoors more in summer, more indoors in winter) School & College terms Search engine updates (everyday, every week, every month) Trends for certain topics Evergreen topics really have a life of 3-5 years (ie. if you don't update your hub in that time) Other reasons that don't pop into mind for now.
A good philosophy to have using HubPages or any similar writing endeavor is life being a captain on a ship, ask for calm weather, yet always expect to ride out storms.
Yesterday was my lowest traffic day since 2007. I'm just about to let my HubPages run on autopilot and see how hard they crash into the ground. I mean seriously...in 2010-2011 I was getting 10,000 to 14,000 hits a day and now I am struggling for 1000? Really what is the point?
I know and I would dearly LOVE for all my fellow Hubbers to get 1000+ hits a day...I really would. But you see what I mean about dropping from 14,000 to 1,000 right? Were I getting 1000 back then...I would have nothing now.
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