I have another account on hubpages that contains an article that was on page three for its keywords. A few days later it jumped to the top of page two. The next day, gone. I can find it by typing in the exact title, but nowhere to be seen for the keywords it was doing so well for. I've not edited the hub, nor built any backlinks for it.
I don't get how or why it can just disappear like that. Any ideas?
If you can find it by title but not otherwise it is probably no longer a featured article.
It's still featured. It was featured the day it was published and hasn't changed status. Ever. Like I said, it was climbing in Google search for its keywords. Page three to the very top of page two within a few days, then it disappeared altogether.
What reason would it be sandboxed. It's original content. I took care to research and write it correctly. I put it through grammarly and copyscape to make sure it was 100% original.
It hasn't been altered in over 4 weeks. About a week ago it climbed to page three. Then a few days later to the top of page two. Yesterday it vanished from the search engines. It's still indexed under the title, but not for any keyword it was ranking so well for.
I've never had nor ever will have an article sandboxed. Unless someone decides to damage that article by doing naughty things with it, which are out of my control.
It even climbed from position 102 to 98 in the hubpage category it was written under the day before it disappeared from Google.
Google Panda can be the reason behind your lost ranking. About 4 different versions of Google panda have been released since Fabruary, bigger sites like ehow and Hubpages have got badly affected. Rank drop is natural and you probably should wait for a week or two and see if the keywords play any part and bring your subdomain back to 3rd or 2nd page of Search results.
I hope it does show again. It feels extremely harsh given the hub is unique and informative. But like you mentioned, the recent updates have had a terrible impact on these types of sites.
It just demoralizes you to the point you want to give up and move on.
Sorry to hear about your lost hub. It's so damn frustrating when things like this happen out of the blue especially if you're doing all you can to write original content. But that's online writing for you.
I'm a novice when it comes to technicalities and technojargon, despite some time on HP!! What is a sandbox exactly? Some place that hides your hubs?
You could write a question to webmasters or search the forums on Google webmasters or other forums....sometimes you can get specific information.
Presumably, there is no malware involved? You haven't been doing odd things to your account inadvertently?
Who knows the games people can play online? I hope your hub returns soon, I've had similar experiences here and it's not easy to get an answer.
Getting an article or site sandboxed is when Google take it off search results altogether.
I've all my articles registered in webmaster tools and analytics. According to the stats on those, my article is showing in position 22 (page 2), yet it's doing a very good job of hiding because I can't see it.
No malware, nothing! I don't even promote them anywhere. I just rely on SEO and internal links from related hubbers hubs.
I hope it comes back too. I'm thinking about just starting a blogger blog or wordpress because this place is extremely volatile when it comes to trying to rank in search engines. I wonder how long it's going to take hubpages to even begin to recover from all the recent updates. Traffic stats look pretty dire atm.
I've been tracking my Hubs in Google and Bing every day for about a year now with an automated program. In my case none of my Hubs have dipped in rankings; they have consistently stayed high, even with Google's Panda releases. Indeed, other sites have not done so well. In fact, my Squidoo Lenses permanently dipped after Google's last release and Squidoo's major overhaul of its SEO guidelines and layout.
Seems like you are the luckiest guy on this forum..Its good to see someone cares for bing searches too. Everybody is just going crazy about Google Ranking.
Well, I know Google based traffic is the best but 80% of all searches are made through google...rest 20% should also be taken into consideration, right?
I agree. I get 85%+ of my web traffic from Google; the other search engines are nearly insignificant, even Bing.
I noticed a bit of a shake up in rankings this last week, although things appear to be returning to normal. Not sure if it was another Google update. My traffic on hubpages is slightly up yesterday and today, and my niche blogs are mostly steady, although one was on a bit of a roller coaster ride this last week. I would give it some time, perhaps see if there is any adjusting you can do to make it better, and then just wait and see what happens. You might be on first page tomorrow, no one knows!
You should be using Google Webmaster Tools, and if you are, you can tell from that exactly where you are ranking for keywords for your hubs in google searches.
Google Analytics may also help provide information.
Google webmaster tools does show the hub to be in position 22 (page 2, second spot). That's the position I seen it in before it disappeared a day later.
I've checked through the analytics and webmaster tools. There's nothing to suggest anything is wrong with any of my hubs.
Google feels like a bully; One who grabs you by the back of the collar and pulls you back when you're running past him, minding your own business. "Where do you think you're going? (then kicks you) dweeb"
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