I know, we have heard it before, but its getting silly now. I have been writing on here for four years, and my traffic has been okay. Its gone down before, and yes its come back up. But this time its really driving me nuts.
How can hubs that have been going good suddenly lose so much traffic its getting to the ridiculous point? Every single day for the last couple of weeks its gone so low its beyond belief, and now even though I have had lots of comments over the last few days its now gone down even further? Sorry to moan, but for goodness sake, just gotta get it off my chest!
Perhaps if you get it off of your chest Nell and back onto your Hubs you will have solved your problem. lol
Nell, I noticed it too. One of my best rated hubs is way down on score. Maybe that reflects traffic.
I've noticed some wacky things going on within the order of hubs that for four years have scored high and now have dropped dramatically. Others, (a few) which were always sleepers, have now risen to scores way above where they normally were. I'm working my way through to be sure I don't have unrelated Amazon products, as sometimes the keywords plug in something strange. Also, plodding along trying to find any that have been plagiarized. No answer on this from me. It's just weird and it started before all the lenses transferred over.
I've noticed this as well. Despite all my (very few) hubs being featured, I've gotten barely any views for the past five days. I used to get pretty steady traffic. Hopefully, this will blow over soon.
It hasn't hit me yet but that doesn't mean I'm invulnerable. I will certainly be on the lookout.
I am busying myself on other projects while waiting for things to settle down, just keeping an eye on stats etc rather than writing new hubs. I find little change in my traffic, but my hub scores make no sense. One example is a hub that suddenly dropped, stayed low for a while then I noticed it was 98. Last night it plummeted to 71 - a drop of 27. No change in its traffic ... all of which comes from search engines.
I am crossing my fingers in the hope things return to normal soon.
Have you checked to see if the content of your hubs is copied elsewhere, Nell? I generally find that a drop in traffic alerts me to stolen content. Once I take action, the traffic returns.
I suspect that with the acquisition of Squidoo, there is a LOT of turmoil for internal rankings AND the big G's indexing of all this.
My traffic took a tumble several months ago. I revise and revise, delete anything that I am not proud of, and still nothing happens.
So my writing becomes more for me and any accidental reader - and Google can stuff it.
That was killer Panda 4.0 released on May 21st.
It affected "~7.5% of English queries to a degree that a regular user might notice."
Thanks Mark I was doing so well, then boomp! ah well all good things come to an end! over to bubblews! lol!
I've found that other sources of traffic are important. I've been working on this since the last time I lost traffic. There are plenty of hubs here about how to get more.
All the new links have made Google like me better for now. The way things work with Google though, it might not last. For now, I'll enjoy the boost.
It may be possible that we will be seeing a lot of fluctuation with our traffic as Google digests the huge addition of hubs (both good and bad) that are transferred from Squidoo.
Since the start of moving Squidoo lenses over to HP, we have an additional 79,814 hubs and over 2,000 additional published users.
I have noticed many hubs from Squidoo have a tremendous amount of Amazon capsules, including direct text links to affiliate sites. HP is allowing a grace period to respond to warnings on their Hubs. But in the meantime, I would guess that Google might adjust HP's overall ranking downward.
Don't get me wrong. I welcome the new lensmasters from Squidoo. Many have written very useful quality articles. I'm just pointing out that HP knows what Google wants and those hubs need to be adjusted now.
Thanks Glenn, Yep I thought it maybe something to do with that, but I wasn't sure, but some people are saying they can't find some of my urls, so maybe a quick line to staff to check, thanks
You have 318 hubs and all are featured and listed on your profile. What do you mean by -- people are saying they can't find your URLs ? Maybe I misunderstood the problem.
Thanks for coming back Glenn I have no idea! a couple of hubbers said when they clicked on my links they got the 401 thing! makes no sense to me either, thanks for looking.
I have just looked at your profile Nell and tried a few Hubs at random, and they all opened for me.
Nell, can you tell me what links you are talking about? Are they links you placed in other places? If so, did you check to be sure you specified the links correctly? Many times I see links Hubbers place in social sharing sites with incorrect URLs, such as putting www in front of a subdomain URL, which is one example of an incorrect link.
Thanks Glenn I have asked one person but they haven't got back to me yet but to be honest I think this is just Google and The merger of our sites messing it all up at the moment, hopefully it will get back up soon.
Google's links are okay. They don't allow broken links in SERPs. And when HP moves hubs (such as with EC) they always set a 301 redirect. Even with the merger of Squidoo, when lenses are brought over as hubs, there is a 301 redirect from the old Squidoo URL to the new one on HP. These links are always done correctly.
Did you place your own links on other sites? If so, did you check to be sure you specified the links correctly?
Thanks Glenn Stok for the advice, but please elucidate the placing of referral link on social media or other sharing sites.
Sanjay, I'm talking about links people place on other sites as backlinks to their hubs. I see some with www in front and that breaks the link. On HubPages we all are in our own subdomain, which does not have a www in front of the URL. Some people think that all URLs start with www and then they wonder why they don't get traffic when they post an invalid link and they don't test it.
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