I have a question that I'm hoping some of you with experience can help me with. Two weeks ago I built this new profile to cover a niche topic that I know quite a lot about and go along with my budding YouTube Channel.
I'm trying to create quality hubs focusing on 1300+ word articles with completely unique content. Even when I link to another hub I use unique sentences as to not copy anything from another page.
As such all of the hubs I've created in the last 2 weeks (21) are featured and I feel, are of value to the community that comes to read them.
Yesterday, I saw a steep decline in traffic to the tune of around 80%.
Is this normal for a new profile on HubPages? If so, then how long does it typically take to come out of it? It appears that traffic has pretty much disappeared from Google, so it's obvious that therein lies the culprit.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I had no idea that we could track views to our profile. I thought views only pertained to our hubs.
Not to the profile, to the hubs in general. Sorry for the confusion.
Actually yes, I think we can track views to our profile. At least mine are being emailed to me by HubPages. Not sure where to find these statistics on the account though.
We get an initial traffic spike due to the evaluation process. That dips, and it can take a few weeks and sometimes months for organic traffic to appear. (Google takes awhile to decently rank us on search results). Pretty much, those initial 9-15 views you get over the first few days of a hubs life is superficial.
That makes it much more interesting, thank you. Next step is to see if 1) some one stole your content, 2) a spam page is linking to you lowering your authority, or 3) I don't know how you would investigate this, but you may be getting penalized by Google for using "best" and "2013" in every title. I really want to know what is going on, because this is something that could happen to us all. Keep us posted
Those do look like quality hubs and you have the 1000 views achievement in 2 weeks, be proud of yourself your doing good. I see you don't have much of a fan-base this increases your views because everytime they post a hub it will appear on there hubpages main-page for them to view it. Also when you first post a hub that is when you get your majority of views, then it is normal for the traffic to decrease and steady. Time and patience my friend.
Thanks for your responses. I don't know exactly what's going on, but I've seen this on other sites and profiles and is probably a temporary penalty. Some people call it sandboxing; however, I've noticed on sites like HubPages that penalty isn't nearly as severe as on your on wordpress site, for example.
@SagaSphere - You are right on the title usage; however, I see a lot of highly reputable sites which do unique product reviews that use all titles like this without penalty. An Example would be toptenreviews.com. I know that Squidoo does a bit of a witch hunt on titles like this; however, in my opinion, it's all for naught. (I guess we'll see )
Hopefully in the next week or two I'll be out of whatever kind of penalty their enforcing.
This sounds to me like Google really did not like something you are doing. The big clue is that your formerly visible searches are now nonexistent. Have you claimed Google Authorship? If not, you need to do this asap. Let us know how it goes...this is clearly a very upsetting problem for you.
Interesting TimeTraveler2. I'm actually hoping that within a couple weeks this completely rebounds. I've had other profiles and sites that were able to do this in the past. Almost like a "you're going to fast for us and we don't trust you" punishment from Google. Yes, G+ authorship is verified.
I am almost certain there has been a Google Panda update or perhaps just a 'flux'. I have a few subdomains, and some saw rises in traffic by as much as 50%, while others saw no change. (One had a one-day 80% reduction).
The 'flux' lasted for 24 hours, and is still settling down.
To those who have lost traffic, it will come back in the next few weeks. Just hang fire.
I'm seeing a big drop just today. Usually it's up and down.
So am I. Traffic had a huge surge yesterday, now its down again.
Ok, so now traffic is surging for this profile but has fallen for others. What is this weird pattern that's occurring? Is anyone, who has decent traffic numbers from Google, able to avoid this constant spike and fall?
I never have 'drastic' changes, typically a pretty smooth sin curve not including Friday-Saturday reductions. Are you competing with yourself across each profile? perhaps you are exchanging positions, and currently topten profile is in the lead.
I had a three day drop on my hubs right down too 3 to 7 visits a day and all the hubs went too not in the top 100 in google search from mostly top 10 now today back to normal on all most all hubs and double red arrows. I have not got a clue why. I did make a fairly big update to one of my hubs the day before the big drop but that's all I can think of why a sudden dislike to all my hubs from google.
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