For those who have known me over the past couple of hurricane seasons, you know that I have hubs up that are continually updated on tropical storms and hurricanes.
Last year, when there was tropical activity, my hubs soared in views....This year, it is pitiful. I have checked out searches and such, and my hub is there, but the views just do not compare. There has been no changes in format and info, but it is like there is a boycott on HubPages.
I am so discouraged, that I have stopped updating with current information. I spend a lot of time doing updates two, three and four times a day, that has worked in the past, but now, beings the information is available via HubPages, it appears Google is slapping it down.
Will this be another heavy hitter of the past that I will need to move to my blog?
This is something I have done for the 2012, 2013 and the 2014 hurricane seasons....but as mentioned, it has bottomed out. Last year the 2012 hub brought in over 80,000 views with daily views of up to 600 plus when there was tropical activity....this year, well under a hundred views daily... a huge drop.
I feel the days of glory on HP is over.
It is discouraging. I started my own blog and worked so hard on it, and when you are on your own, you have to try so hard to get traffic. I'm considerng abandoning it, even though I love it. HP is still the only site that pays me, although not a lot, it helps. I don't have the heart to build up a large body of work on another site. I was up until 3AM many nights with the blog. You really need to be on a group site to get views. I know Wizzley was supposed to be so great, and some are happy there. But it seems to me they had to write about 300 pieces to get a payout. That's a lot of hours, or it is if you are sincerely trying to write quality stuff. I get so mad when I see somebody write about some uninteresting, dumb thing that's trending, and it makes me sick that I have carpal tunnel spending hours writing informative stuff. Plus fads fade quickly, and I like to stick with evergreen stuff.
Don't give up. The weather patterns are insane, and it's a timely topic. I'm in NJ, and we haven't even had any normal summer weather yet. For two halloweens in a row we had power failures that lasted a week, last year from Superstorm Sandy. Our house wasn't damaged, but nobody could get gas, supermarket food all went bad, and nobody was prepared for all the damage. You mostly hear about the Jersey shore, but in the North we took a hit too. The Subways in NY were underwater, and it's scary to think this may be the new normal. Hang in there, your stuff is good.
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