Google just released what it is calling "Panda4.0", a new addition to its formula for ranking content on webpages. If you have noticed a significant change (up or down) in traffic to your Hubs today, this may be why. Check your rankings on search engine results for your targeted keywords and see if your rankings have changed.
Welp, looks like I found one of my main issues. I was heavily linked to by Ask.com; I had no idea that, in all, I had over 1,000 links. I also didn't like that a spammy site was contributing to them too (perhaps to rank higher by way of sabotage?). I never did much backlinking to them because I wanted to save that for much later. But I'm fairly sure that these are the main reasons I lost traffic. Guess I better try to attempt to clean that nasty mess up for the better of my hubs
Links were not targeted in the Panda update, but an update to the Penguin algorithm is expected sometime soon since there hasn't been one in a year. If you actually got a lot of traffic from links on ask.com, that site lost 50% visibility for keywords according to the searchmetrics.com data and there is nothing you can do to regain traffic from that particular source.
It's not that I received traffic through there; just that I had many links pointing to me from there. I mean, I'm not sure what I'd have gotten knocked down for unless it was due to links that are pointing at me (most of which I did not do), or the amazon capsules that I had. I guess I'll have to keep looking around.
You know, I must have a really bad sense of timing. I have been here for almost 2 1/2 years, and every time I just get going good, another Google update smacks me waaaayyy back down! For the past two months views and CPMs have been doing really well...for the past three days, it's been heaven...now this! I hope the other shoe does not drop again, but boy do you have me nervous! How soon will I know, do you think?
The Panda Update just started 16 hours ago and it will take about ten days to completely update the index. Some people have noticed significant changes in the past few hours; for others, the results will not be noticeable for several more days.
Thanks for that update, Writer Fox. My traffic plunged by 50% overnight and I was wondering why.
This is not going well for me at all, my hubs are hitting rock bottom again after rising to high traffic numbers. I have checked my rankings and dropped by 3 to 4 places for some of my hubs. I used to be second for one search query in the rankings and now I am sixth. I am very frustrated because my hubs answer the searchers question or query exactly and I always try to write high-quality hubs, going past 1500 words. My traffic was too good to be true I guess.
It's already hurt many sites which I monitor. Within a week or two we will know more about this algorithm and more specifics about the changes which it made. I wouldn't change anything about your Hubs right now until we have more data and feedback from webmasters.
I too have lost 50% of my traffic- the first time I've been hit yet. I've done quite the opposite, and began MAKING changes. Now, it is a very good idea not too; however, the changes I'm making can only help rather than hurt (like removing every single amazon capsule I have). I'm also thinning out internal SEO, as many are speculating that this could be a problem as well. Whether or not this is a factor, I could always return the links later on. I'll report if I have any positive changes. I'm not expecting any, but hopefully it's only temporary. My traffic began to plummet Monday, with Tuesday's reporting reflecting a hit. I've been trying to find answers ever since. I've only got 3 different factors I can attribute to my drop- and I'll be watching for improvements closely.
Thanks, Writer Fox. I haven't been following Google's updates at all, but had noticed first a dip last week, then a surge, all suggesting systematic data gathering, so I appreciate the heads-up. I also noticed a huge performance difference between my editor's choice hubs and my subdomains.
I view early Panda surges with dread - the more dramatic, the scarier.
Many use to mention things about the Keyword Densities/Anchors/Back links and stuff (but mostly about On-Page SEO) are more related with this update. Plus I heard that sites with thin content are getting hit with this one in a bad way. But I guess we just can't be sure about anything coz most of the sites will be doing the 'Google Dance' until the update is fully executed... Sometimes we hubbers will feel somewhat secure thanks to HubPages' domain authority... (I have no idea what I just wrote! lol)
Thanks for letting us know - I had wondered what was happening with traffic. I seem to have been in a struggle for months / years even. Each slow step forward gets hammered again a few months down the line.
My best hub which has over 25,000 views and was ranked on first page has dropped down today to 30% of it's normal views. When I searched it with keywords in google it was on page 4 now. Not kinder to me I guess!
Thanks for keeping us updated with this sort of thing Writer Fox. It really is useful. My traffic has increased substantially over the past couple of weeks, but today is the same as yesterday (and a bit down on what it was a few days ago). So seems to have had no effect so far. As you say though we need to wait till next weekend to be sure.
I like HP, but I am getting so sick to death of the "Big G" messing about with stuff, and usually fouling things up for legitimate writers in its impossible quest to weed out "poor content," that Google itself may ultimately become responsible for the death of sites such as this, when enough people get fed up and leave.
Yesterday my EC hubs had a better than typical Wednesday. (My traffic tends to hit a pattern of being lower or higher on certain days of the week.)
It is important for everyone to remember that traffic starting today through Monday will be lower for a lot of people. It's the start of Memorial Day weekend here in the United States and lots of people take weekend trips (starting today or tomorrow), go to the lake or beach and generally spend more time outside as it is the start of the summer season.
And then of course summer is usually a bit slower anyway for the reasons listed above.
Overall though, I think there is a slight uptick in EC.
A search on "how to make litmus paper" which I ranked 2nd (before) shows that I now rank 8th for that query now. That was one a sustainable source of traffic for me and now it's gone... I wonder if I will ever reclaim my place like before, but it seems that the rankings have really mixed up with this new update. I have seen many new websites emerge which were usually in the depths of the 3rd or 4th pages in the rankings before this update.
I don't know why, but I decided to check your rank. You are the 1st entry on Google for page 2 for me and #8 for my search on "How to make litmus paper" is Yahoo Answers. I wonder if when we search for our own articles, Google shows it higher for us than it is for someone who is not known to go to the HubPages site?
If you search on Google using the Firefox browser, your personalized results will not show. When I did this from my IP location, the Hub ranked #6.
Additionally, you can install SEO Global and check for your listings as if you were searching from specific countries. When I did that, these are the rankings for the Hub using the search phrase without quotation marks:
Thanks for the analysis Marie and Writer Fox. I guess it just proves that there is no first page of Google anymore because it depends highly on location and personalised search history. I used to be 2nd, now 12th in the US. Oh well, hopefully the rankings will settle a bit after a couple of weeks.
OK now it's getting really weird, even for a Friday. All these hubs I thought were not going to be successful now show lovely red arrows and some of my better hubs have reduced traffic significantly. All up, I am still ahead from last week, but can't make head or tail of any pattern just yet.
Yes, it is possible. I know because this has happened to me twice! Not all articles will be penalized in most cases, but overall, if your articles are taking a hit, it will hurt and it can take quite awhile to come back from something like this.
My traffic is up but, more importantly, I FINALLY hit #1 for 4 out of 6 targeted kws - after 3 years!! The sites in front of me (that are now #2 and #3) weren't spam, but they didn't provide as much valuable info ... so yea!!
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