My traffic has taken a major nose-dive beyond what I would normally expect for a weekend. Also, HubPages US rank on Quantcast has suddenly gone from mid 70's to 81. Is Google picking on us again or is it something else?
Quantcast shows this weekend was better for HP traffic than the last weekend. Check your Hubs' rankings for keywords on Google. If your Hubs are still holding the same rank, it just means that search patterns have changed. My traffic always goes down at the end of the working day in the U.S. on Friday and comes back to life Sunday evening.
There are two more "hidden", so who wants to claim the other ones?
I always wonder what those sites are. Obviously, they don't need traditional advertising or they would want the attention. I have guessed that they must be porn or gambling, but I really have no idea who they are.
I have likewise wondered. G and P are indeed likely suspects.
I also just realized that there are absolutely no .gov sites listed. One would think the USPS and the IRS would definitely be in the top 100. Are .gov sites excluded? Or are they two of the hidden? Interesting.
I think our future lies in mobile search. HP is ranked 23 on the US mobile web list. I know that Paul E. has stated that new changes are in regard to making HP more mobile friendly. It's good to keep that in mind when publishing new hubs or refreshing/updating older hubs. If you take a look at the mobile competition, it's interesting what kind of sites are ranking well.
Actually, my traffic tanked on the 16th as well. For about 70%. It seems that Google is not listing results from my subdomain at all. This happened to one of my articles before, and it bounced back to the same position in about a day or two, but this now is beyond concerning.
Yep, I know. This is exactly why I strived to have 1500 words per article. I was just wondering if a traffic plummet like this is normal (overnight drop). Oddly, the first site that got dropped was purely informative.
I'm not quite sure what has happened from your description. If you have only a few pages now that are getting traffic and many that are not, that sounds like a Panda hit (no idea if there was a Panda run though, you would need to look) or maybe a manual spam penalty.
Here is what happened - I was ranking really well with most of my hubs. Some of them were on page 1 and 2 on Google. Literally overnight, all of my pages (except 2) disappeared from Google search results entirely.
I checked Google Webmaster - no manual penalty. I am going to go through all my game reviews and drop all adds to leave them completely clean. I will do this for all my informative articles, and then some. I'm not sure it will help, but it's definitely worth a shot.
I also checked if someone duplicated anything just in case. It seems fine. I was thinking if it was Panda that my pages would drop in ranks (no matter how significantly), but not disappear entirely.
Thanks for your replies, btw. I appreciate any opinion.
There was a major update in Google rankings on November 14th. Mozcast, Serps.com and SerpMetrics.com all reported a significant shift. The bottom line is that webmasters who use SEO property had no complaints. If you lost rankings, check your SEO against the competition which is now ranking for your keywords. Also, delete any comments on your Hubs which were made by people using keyword rich user names.
So really you are just trawling for trade? And have nothing to offer in the forum?
edit: since WF did not trouble to come back, it might be worth making a guess at what he recommends. He is probably suggesting updates and improvements to page quality. Also, knowing WF he is probably suggesting that people crowbar keywords into picture captions, headers etc... Which is entirely optional as far as I am concerned.
Frankly it annoys me when people just recommend reading their hubs. Sensible people wanting SEO info would do better to go read stuff on Google, Search Engine Land, Wired whatever. But someone willing to take a look at problem pages and make a real, specific suggestion can be very helpful.
Will, SEO can't be explained thoroughly in a quick forum comment. That's very naïve. If you want to know what I recommend, then read the Hub. If you'd rather just widely guess, you'll be wrong. But I told you months ago that you had problem pages that were plagiarized on the Web and you haven't bothered to have the content removed. No one can help you until you are willing to accept proven advice and act upon it.
I've had something similar happen to my hubs twice now. An almost complete Google blackout, even of hubs that ranked really well. Luckily the first time this happened it lasted a week, then it all went back to normal.
The second time it happened (around this time last year), the blackout lasted two weeks. I remember SimeyC (who gets a lot more traffic than I do) posted in the forums that the same thing happened to him.
Of course one can never tell whether what is happening to your traffic is the same. But there is hope that it might come back in a week or two.
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