Well my traffic has gone up two days in a row. And this Memorial's Day Monday traffic was higher than my last week's Monday traffic. Who knows? Maybe summer will stay away a little while longer. Anyone else doing better?
I should mention my traffic has shown no sign yet of going back to pre the latest Google thumping however. Oh, well.
Mine spiked significantly yesterday, but this is normally the time of year when I would expect that. I'm waiting to see if the increase continues. Last year I had three or four months of really good views and income...and then ...nothing!
I need a new niche for my other site, but so far my attempts have failed.
Yeah, and actually yesterday was not a great day for me in terms of traffic, but I was figuring it had to do with Memorial Day. Though my traffic goes up and down and of course the weekends it will go down.
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Well my traffic went up a little yesterday while HP's traffic went down a little.
HubPages is going to permanently discontinue the daily traffic stats updates before the end of the year. In the interim they are doing the frequent delays as training for us to make GA our daily habit in place of the HP page. I put the odds of this prediction being true at better that 80%. The only question is will the new schedule be once a week or once a month.
My traffic range is still definitely stuck at the new, lower post phantom level. Let us hope this is also the summer level as opposed to another significant drop being imminent. Still exceeded HP payout this month even with my frequent scampering's over to straight AdSense. Come to think of it, today is payday for last month. I have hereby just perked up.
I find the HP stats very easy to use...when they are updated regularly. I do not like using GA. I can see why HP wants to get rid of the stats. Makes life easier for them. If they do that, it might just be the straw that breaks the camel's back for me.
Right now, GA is showing that I have had over 10,000 views the past couple of days. (My hub "Did Jesus Exist" went a little bit viral. Atheists love to share.) I'm waiting for HP to update and verify it. Just my bad luck that I post this hub on the day HP decides to stop updating stats. This is the first time I have had a lot of views and I want to see that 4 or 5 figure number in the HP stats so I can take a screen shot and save it for posterity because I don't think it will ever happen again. And HP is denying me that small pleasure because they won't update the stats.
Where did you get this info, Paradigm? I hope you are wrong.
I think it's a prediction you should have kept to yourself. Many here depend on those updated stats to help them work with their articles. You may have started a panic with this one, especially with the way you stated it. You didn't say it was a prediction, you said it was like it was a done deal.
Stats are off today because today is pay day. They always are off on pay day. The other stats get held up due to advertiser payment issues many times. Please don't jump to conclusions, it's not fair to the rest of us here.
I suspect you'll never know, paradigm ... unless of course they do stop giving regular updates, in which case the answer would be 'no'. lol.
My prediction (for what it is worth) is that one day we'll see that magical "updated 7 minutes ago" message again. It is in their interests to keep us all glued to HP for the latest updates. I doubt they'd want us to only log in once a week.
I was concerned enough about this issue to email the team to ask about it. Here's their response:
Thanks for your email. It looks like you've been given some incorrect information. I'm pleased to let you know that we have no plans to discontinue stats updates. The stats sometimes take a while to update due to delays with our advertising partners (rather than issues with our own systems), so there isn't really much we can do about those occasional delays, but we certainly don't intend to discontinue the stats or stop updating them.
That settles any questions anybody on HP should have, and I'm glad I asked.
Alas, note the wording. If anything, it supports my prediction of traffic stats updating being changed to at least a weekly basis. Hourly traffic stats updating is already long gone. It now looks like daily traffic stats updating is on the same path.
There is also something odd about their reply, they may have misunderstood you. As far as I know, advertising partner data has absolutely nothing to do with our daily traffic stats calculations and updating; remember how traffic stats used to update several times a day. The advertising data is only used for our daily earnings page calculations and updating. I think whoever answered your inquiry thought you were asking about earnings stats, not traffic stats.
The plot thickens. And I am now boosting the probability of my prediction of conversion from daily to weekly traffic reporting from 80% to 87%.
edit: And now that I think about it, who the heck said anything about discontinuing stats updates? I certainly didn't. An odd reply indeed...
Perhaps they misunderstood my question. I asked them about discontinuing regular updates, not discontinuing updates altogether. I also think you are wrong about the connection between earnings and updates because the one should at least somewhat be dependent on the other.
At any rate, I was happy with their response and assume things will continue on as they are for the foreseeable future.
Paradigm. Yes. I saw it in earnings. I earned about $10 in a day and I never even got close to $2 in a day before. The bad news is that advertisers may not like atheist topics because my CPM dropped $2 from the day before. It was trending up until I got those 1000's of hits.
Catherine, a gentle reminder that we're not supposed to be too specific about earnings and cpms etc ... but I don't know exactly how much information is too much information. (Just in case you're tempted to write more about what's happening on your account right now.)
I know we are not supposed to be specific. I tried to be vague while giving a sense of the change. I too don't know where the line is, but if I crossed it I expect I will hear soon enough. Thanks for looking out for me.
I am beginning to think that paradigm search is right about HP discontinuing stats. it is going on 4 days without an update. Not a peep from any hubbers about it--we are evidently just resigned and beaten down. Not a peep from HP. I remember the days when HP would at least explain that there was a problem, I guess this is the new normal. No updates, no explanations, and no fuss.
I agree, it has been far too long. However, if you check your earnings for last month you can at least see the amounts you earned up through May 31. This does not help with knowing how your pages are performing, though. For that I have opted to use GA, but it is just not the same because you cannot compare daily, weekly, 30 day and all time views there.
I am getting discouraged with the way stats are now being handled, but the excuse seems to be that advertisers are slow, etc. There always have been advertisers, but this problem only popped up a few months ago.
They really need to change this up, otherwise people will simply stop writing.
"HubPages is going to permanently discontinue the daily traffic stats updates before the end of the year. In the interim they are doing the frequent delays as training for us to make GA our daily habit in place of the HP page."
M Mayer didn't stay stats weren't being discontinued He just said that stats weren't being delayed in order to get us used to having no stats. I think stats have already been discontinued, but we just haven't been told. It is almost 4 days now.
>I think stats have already been discontinued, but we just haven't been told. Again, that is not an accurate statement. Stats have not been discontinued and there is no plan to do so at this time. There is simply a delay.
I suspect that it sounds like I'm just whining about the stats, but I use them all day long. I don't want my hubs to get unfeatured, so as soon as I see a hub that had no views in the past 7 days, promote it on social media. (sometimes I spruce it up a little first.) Usually, there are from 1 to 5 that need a little push. The stats didn't update for 4 days. I ended up with about 20 hubs having 0 views. That is way to many to cope with. I can't promote that many on one day. I hope I can clean it up over the course of a week. GA does not show hubs with 0 views. I rely on HP for that. HP really messed up my hub management plan.
Ok. I won't do a screen shot. for public viewing. Just for me to go look at whenever I feel discouraged. The hub has gotten over 10,911views. But something is weird with the stats. Since the hub is only 4 days old, the number of views for past 7 days, past 30 days and ever should all be the same. The number for "ever" is 3000 views higher. How can that be? GA says it got 11,492 views from 5/25-5/27. The views from 5/28 aren't showing yet.
I've been on Hubpages for over 4 years and it continues a downward slide. So many of the Hubs that are currently being written are glorified advertising only. What happened to not writing Hubs that were overly commercial? On the updates front, it's terrible. I miss having the Hubs listed in order by rating. My protest is not writing any new Hubs and only signing in every couple of days, whereas, I used to enjoy both the reading and writing and would check HubPages several times daily. Any money earned is one issue, but it's not fun anymore.
mactavers: I have finally started to earn a small amount of money. Payout for the last 2 months. My hubber score is around 95, my hubscores are mostly in the 80' and 90's (my average score just hit a new high) , and I even had HOTD last month. But like you I am on the verge of quitting because it just doesn't feel like fun anymore, and there are people in sweatshops in China earning more per hour than I do.
LongtTimeMother: Good advice as always. It's time to see if my hubs can generate any of that passive income I have heard about. While that is happening, I'll explore other writing opportunities. Perhaps I still have a glimmer of hope.
Thanks Long Term Mother. I finally got to payout after 10 months. Two months in a row now. I know my writing is good --I get new followers all the time and praise from other hubbers. But I have not figured out the trick of generating income--income commensurate with the time I put in. I know you have a great niche and sometimes I want to buy the stuff you advertise even tho I have no need for it--you are that good.
ROFL. That's very funny, Catherine. Thanks for the compliment.
I never set out to advertise anything. I simply write about my experience, and things I personally use and find useful. The majority of my hubs (including my most recent one) don't actually promote any products at all.
Now you've made it to earning in consecutive months, you'll find it much easier. (Remember though to keep watching for stolen content and filing DMCAs.)
When it comes to assessing the income you generate vs time put in, try to keep an eye on the big picture. People in sweat shops might be making more per hour than you are ... but they are only paid once for each hour.
They are not paid next month for a shirt they made last month, and they won't still be making money from it next year - or the year after that.
One person pays them one wage once for everything they create. You have the potential for hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of people to contribute to your payment for the time you spend writing hubs ... year after year.
Hope this thought helps feed your glimmer of hope.
Thanks LongterTimeMother: The way I computed my hourly rate is how many hours did I spent on HP (writing and promoting) divided into the earnings for the month. I consider HP to be more like my hobby than my job. I get pleasure from a job well done and from seeing the stats. The stats are like a score in a game. Did I get a personal best today? Did I reach some milestone? I like to watch the numbers roll over. I set little goals . Can I get to XXX views today? I sometimes take screen shots just to celebrate these little events. I had a hub go kind of viral, but stats weren't updating those 2-3 days and I got robbed of all those milestone moments.
I think HP depends on the little people like me. I don't make tons of money for HP, but only a few people do that. There are probably tens of thousands like me and our earnings add up for HP. If I leave HP, they won't even notice or care. so I just have to figure out for myself if what I am getting from this is worth the time I put in. Would I get more pleasure doing something else and/or can I justify my time with respect to the money I earn? The two factors together are part of my decision. Maybe a third factor--the pleasure I get from my interactions with some of the other hubbers.
My hubber score went up to 98 today. Another little bit of pleasure. It hasn't been that high for quite a while. The frustrating thing about this game is I don't know why it went up. How can I play the game when I don't know the rules?
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