Why have my views per day gone from 100 to almost nothing? I have published 49 hubs, 36 of which are featured, 12 which are not featured due to engagement and one because of poor quality. Does anyone else have a similar issue?
Google has been messing with their algorithms lately, and now Bing and Yahoo are following suit.
I'm having the same issue. I almost dread looking at the number of views each day because each day becomes less and less encouraging. I wonder when things will stabilize to a point where we can begin to build on the work we've produced. I long for the days (if they ever arrive) when I can publish a hub and move on to the next one.
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After a steady rise in viewings to between 600 and 800 per month earlier this year, my views have slumped in the past few months to between 300 and 400. The trend is still slightly down, and shows no sign of reversing. There is - though I say so myself - nothing much wrong quality-wise with my hubs. None in fact are unfeatured for quality reasons.
This, I have to say, is extremely depressing. I have other problems at the current time, and almost the only real optimistic happening in my life was that steady rise in HubPage viewings which made me feel I might one day make it as a professional or semi-professional writer. At the present time, I have lost much of my enthusiasm for writing here, I have lost the motivation to write more than about one hub per month, and I feel like giving up on the site.
Whatever Google's, Bing's or anyone else's algorithms are doing, the same number of people in the world must be logging on to the Internet (more in fact with the global proliferation of computer usage), so why are HubPage members consistently suffering in this way irrespective of the effort they put into their work?
It does give some sorry comfort to know that I am not alone in this, but it is sad that many of us try to put in a huge amount of effort to create good, interesting web pages, only to suffer in this seemingly arbitrary way. I am sure HubPage staff are trying to rectify the situation, but if improvements to the downward trend in visits to the hubs do not take place soon, then I think all desire to write for a dwindling audience may be extinguished.
Greensleeves, I hear you on what you are saying. There was a time when my views were high, almost reaching 1000, then all of a sudden the views slowly started to dwindle. There was a time I was happy to see 400 views. Nowadays, I'd be happy to see 200 views. Every day I look at my stats, I see the number of views becoming lower and lower. It's depressing. For the preservation of my sanity, I'm not sure I should keep writing in this type of environment.
I have yet to see a clear cut explanation as to why this happens, and how to avoid it either on a site-wide basis or on an individual basis. Plenty of advice does come through about advertising, hyperlinks, keywords, quality writing etc, but from what I have seen, HubPage's vulnerability to Google algorithm changes and the problem of drastic traffic swings still remains. Perhaps there is no clear cut explanation because there are many causes, but I would like to see a simple explanation from HubPages, or preferably from Google, as to exactly why sites like HubPages suffer in this way, and what the site, or its individual members can do, to rectify the situation.
It is really hard to take the decrease in views and not assume there is something wrong with your writing. That is why the algorithm games are cruel beyond belief. Google does not know quality any more than it knows how to pay its fair share of tax.
I very much agree with the first part of what you say Mark, and how the algorithm changes seem cruel. I cannot speak with authority about the emphasis or lack of emphasis which Google places on quality, but clearly whilst quality across the whole HubPages site may still be an issue, I totally agree that quality on an individual sub-domain basis is certainly not always the reason for declines in views.
I know my writing is probably better than a year ago and my pages are more comprehensive. Nothing much has changed in terms of advertising, links etc, and yet traffic has been halved. Such declines can only be because the site as a whole is still being penalised in some way. I hope the issues which cause that can be sorted out between Google and HubPages, so these drastic declines do not happen with future Google updates.
It cracks me up... At your reduced rate, all y'all hubs have more views than I could ever dream of. lol
Sorry Beth! I guess it's not so much the number of views I worry about - rather it's the direction of traffic. There was a time when I first started here when getting 20 views a day was exciting if it represented an increase from 10 views! But when after a lot of effort, views drastically decline without any apparent reason, then that is intensely dispiriting. Hope your views increase steadily from whatever level they are currently at. :-)
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