It would be nice to see an improvement. Things have been a little crappy recently, traffic-wise. It sometimes seems like HP has to run just to stand still. However you judge it, the quality of the site is way better than it was a couple of years ago.
It would be nice to see a sustained site wide recovery..... but it's early days It might just be one hub going massively viral (I've seen one have that kind of impact on HP's stats before), but hoping it is a recovery.
My own views are normal, so whatever it is, it's not affecting my account at the mo.
Still think there's much to be done about quality on the site, I've seen some really terrible shite that's been featured today! It doesn't bode well for a long term panda recovery, but maybe a dipping in and out as aalite says.
Nice to see. My traffic has spiked this week. Not sure why. I haven't been promoting my Hubs by backlinking this week. Perhaps the links I've posted over time in Google+ are starting to pay off or if all of HubPages is seeing a traffic spike, perhaps Google like HP again.
My traffic is up, but HP has maliciously confused my statistics with a HoTD last week so it is hard to know what's happening.
Paul E. (who has just hubbed about his panda thoughts incidentally) thought that we were on the borderline of the panda quality threshold, and predicted we would dip in and out. Possibly panda had some changes and we are unpenalised, and in a couple of months they will change something and we will be under the water again.
Or perhaps we have actually managed to rise above the threshold so small algorithm changes won't matter so much.
Or perhaps Google has implemented the plan to be kinder to sites that are in the "panda grey area", which he wrote about a couple of months ago.
I have seen a boost in traffic over the past day or two, maybe its just me, but I think HubPages is on the recovery. It's strange, because we had a Panda algorithm change just two weeks ago, our traffic should have gone down instead of up...Who knows?
Paul E. made a forum thread on it two weeks ago. He said they mentioned a minor update on the week of the 4th of July, but however there wasn't any major shift, as you said. I'll try find the forum thread.
Everyone was expecting a change that week and apparently there was an abnormal amount of general flux in rankings but nobody saw any very specific changes. So, personally, I'm not convinced the Panda softening update happened then.
Yes, I agree with both of you. During the week of the 'supposed' update, my traffic didn't change at all. Now, though it appears like HubPages are getting higher spikes of traffic, I think you are right Susana, maybe the update is happening now as we speak. My Google Analytics report shows a spike, which seems to be in correlation with HubPages' overall domain.
I'm seeing some action on my stats page too, just from this evening. Red triangles - Woo hoo! The last month the number of views had trickled down to embarrassingly low levels. So let's hope this surge continues.
I don't know about everyone else, but seeing a traffic spike like the recent one gets me motivated to write new material and try to boost traffic to my existing Hubs. Kind of strange since summer is usually a traffic lull. If this holds up until the fall/winter, then it could really get interesting.
My Google traffic is up well over 100 percent for a week now. My social media traffic is down, but that's to be expected over the summer with my niche topic. I'm finding many of my articles on the first page of Google when they were well behind in the past. I'm wondering if the QAP isn't working....
I haven't noticed a significant drop in CPM. It has been bouncing around the $5.00 to $7.00 range for a while. There was a time about a year to two years ago, when it would sometimes top $10.00. That was great on days when I received a lot of views.
Speaking of views. I had my best day in a long time in regards to views yesterday. Perhaps with more views and an increased rank for HubPages, the advertising rates and CPM will eventually increase.
My views are steadily rising, with over 70% coming from search traffic. I don't know if this is going to last though. As you can see from the image below from Google Analytics, my hubs experienced quite a spike.
Sorry folks, looks like it was a temporary spike. Interesting, when I did a site:hubpages(dot)com search on Google on July 15 the page count was 880,000. Today it is 2,110,000 (as it was previously). Site: search for squidoo showed 1,420,000 throughout. The spike was not shared by Squidoo, though squid traffic generally mirrors that of HP. Perhaps HP and Google did something to 'switch off' all the 'NOINDEX' pages (1.3M) that HP has been waiting months for Google to DEINDEX.
HP traffic dial has been stuck for 10 hours which enhances the sense of gloom and doom (although it happens most weekends).
Both HP and Squidoo are struggling at present. I still suspect that their biggest sin in Google's eyes is not spam or over-commercialism, but to present competition for Google products such as Blogger.
The only good thing for me is that some of my minor profiles on HP and Squidoo are earning a little, though not enough to make up for the losses on my main ones. Still, the drop might be temporary - we'll have to wait and see how it pans out. Certainly not a promising situation though...
Yep, after the update my stats are the worst they have been since that first big Google slap. I mean this is ridiculous. According to analytics my traffic on the 21st was about half of what it was on the 18th. And no it's not because it was Sunday. My traffic usually goes up on the weekends.
I was sorry to see that this forum thread was closed to comments by HP:http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/78912#topThere was a lot of good information going back and forth there. It may be that some snipe stuff went on...
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