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Quantcast embedded code messed up somehow?

  1. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    http://usercontent1.hubimg.com/12844502_f1024.jpg
    https://www.quantcast.com/hubpages.com? … rafficCard

    Whatever happened apparently started sometime on Wednesday, the 20th.

    1. lorlie6 profile image85
      lorlie6posted 10 months ago in reply to this

      Trump.

      1. lorlie6 profile image85
        lorlie6posted 10 months ago in reply to this

        My apologies, PS, I don't know your politics, but now you know mine!  Take care, ole pal.

        1. paradigmsearch profile image91
          paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

          I likewise suspected that dude from the start. lol

  2. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    Quantcast reporting "zero" traffic two days in a row now.
    http://usercontent2.hubimg.com/12845841.png
    https://www.quantcast.com/hubpages.com? … rafficCard

    Wondering...

    A. Is there a problem with the Quantcast tracking code within HubPages?

    Or

    B. HP page code is fine and it's Quantcast that's messing up on their end?

    Or

    C. HP has stopped paying Quantcast to be quantified and Quantcast just hasn't gotten around to updating that fact yet?

    Meanwhile, Google Analytics working fine; thus no ensuing traffic-related riots around here. big_smile

    1. makingamark profile image76
      makingamarkposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      My blog is quantified on Quantcast and I don't pay them a penny.

      Any payment relates to extra analytics that are available.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    Well, "zero" traffic has been reported for 3 days in a row now. And now it's starting to affect ranking, down to 135 it is.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    Somebody needs to be poked with a stick, but I have no idea who.

    What the heck is going on?

  4. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    I decided to be a pest, it's what I do. big_smile

    I fired off a feedback note to Q, i.e., "What happened to the last three days of traffic for HubPages.com?"

    1. makingamark profile image76
      makingamarkposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      Why on earth would Q tell you?

      If you want an answer, wouldn't you be better advised sending a "glitch" note to HQ?

      Alternatively consider the fact that most stats systems have problems from time to time - and they get fixed when the owners or interested parties are notified of them.

  5. calculus-geometry profile image86
    calculus-geometryposted 10 months ago

    I pick C.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image91
      paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      I am giving more weight to that scenario as well.

  6. Millionaire Tips profile image90
    Millionaire Tipsposted 10 months ago

    Interesting question. I have no answers.

  7. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    This adventure has gotten me to exploring the Q Guides, FAQ's, TOS, and so forth. They repeatedly say it's free. I'm thinking of quantifying my website. It would crack me up to sit back and admire my US ranking of 417,265,879.

    Anyone know of any reasons to not get tangled up with Quantcast?

    1. makingamark profile image76
      makingamarkposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      You're wasting your time unless you get decent traffic - they won't quantify you.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image91
        paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

        "We" had already discovered and noted this earlier in the thread, thus my indicated migration away from scenario "C"


        What with Q not asking for my email address, I didn't expect a reply. The content of the question itself was a notification to Q that something was amiss with HubPages' traffic tracking. Thus, Quantcast has indeed been sent a glitch note.

        HubPages HQ has also been sent a glitch note, since that is the specified purpose of this forum thread category.


        Alas...

        -----

        Meanwhile, Day 5 of no data and none of the principals are talking...

  8. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    My hub traffic has been pretty stable lately, reasonable to think most other Hubbers are probably the same. Too bad it's not showing on Quantcast, it'd probably look pretty good. Oh, well.

    1. Solaras profile image93
      Solarasposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      My traffics has been up lately. Maybe Q is on its way out and not HP.  Wouldn't that be a kick in the pants.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image91
        paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

        Well, sports fans. Day Four of no data. I'm starting to gravitate back to scenario "A" and that HP just doesn't care.

  9. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    Tuesday evening here...

    It occurred to me to do a custom Q chart from January 22nd forward. The results were surprising.

    It is now my belief HubPages is systematically removing all Quantcast tracking tags from their website.

    Why they are doing that? I have no idea. Maybe the tags were negatively affecting load times? Maybe Quantcast has given advance notice of an impending TOS change?

    Oh, well. Certainly been interesting.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      You remember when HubPages used to have a page listing the best performing Hubbers and how much they were earning? 

      Remember when Hubbers were free to share how much they earned on the forums?

      Over time, HubPages has quietly shut down all discussion of how much people are making.   Now they are quietly shutting down any evidence of how much traffic we are actually getting.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image91
        paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

        Yep, this occurred to me as well. But then I wondered why didn't HP just flick on the hide-data switch instead?

        I had another thought after I went to bed last night. Europe continues to be throwing privacy-issue hissy fits all over the place. And not just your average hissy fits, we are talking multiple lawsuit-level hissy fits. Haven't heard of any outright website banishment/blocking yet.

        Having Quantcast tracking code on one's website may not be that good of an idea these days. Maybe HubPages didn't want to end up as collateral damage as things escalate further.

        Or maybe it's just the issue of being too much of a pain in the neck and too off-putting to the visitor to comply with the additional reader privacy notifications required when Quantcast tracking tags are being used.

        1. makingamark profile image76
          makingamarkposted 10 months ago in reply to this

          I pointed out to Weebly that they were not compliant with the EU regulations on data privacy (hardly something to term as warranting a "hissy fit"!) as they too have Quantcast codes on their sites

          They pooh-poohed my suggestion that they introduced some code - as required by the LAW that warned people about tracking codes.

          A few months later the warning about cookies appeared up top when sites were visited.

          I think they saw the light.

          If HubPages aare concerned about getting caught out by EU law then it should introduce the code - in exactly the same way as all major sites have done.

          I'm guessing anybody living outside the EU does not see the cookies warning banner. However I do and I know precisely which sites have and have not paid attention to the law of the countries where they want to publish their websites.

          Major sites were slow but they're all catching up now.

  10. Millionaire Tips profile image90
    Millionaire Tipsposted 10 months ago

    This is another post which has correctly been posted in the official help forum where it would be nice to get an answer from HubPages staff.  The problems are concerning enough, but the lack of response adds to the worries.

  11. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5Buhp_Sdy1Y/VqokEUez24I/AAAAAAAAAbk/-FgF1zEK1-M/s1600/cat.jpg

  12. makingamark profile image76
    makingamarkposted 10 months ago

    It's comprehensively flat-lining isn't it?

    Odd things happening to company websites have in the past often been attributed to somebody becoming an ex member of staff - and pulling the plug on the way out the building!

    I remember a very funny example where a company fired somebody - as part of a round of redundancies - and forgot that he had complete control of their Twitter account. That one went viral........  I think a few companies learned a few lessons from that one!

    So who knows - maybe there's only one person who knows what to do with the Quantcast code - and where it is / should be?

    1. paradigmsearch profile image91
      paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      That is a very good one. Sabotage had never occurred to me. Definitely worth adding to the list.

  13. calculus-geometry profile image86
    calculus-geometryposted 10 months ago

    Perhaps HP no longer feels like giving a third-party and the public access to its traffic stats.  All they want to know about traffic can be extracted from server logs. And if they want more information about users' habits they can develop their own pernicious, evil cookies in-house.

    Whatever their reasons, it's apparently low on HP's priority list to contact Quantcast about the flat-line.   Why don't they do like eHow and just make everything private? https://www.quantcast.com/ehow.com?qcLo … aphicsCard

    1. paradigmsearch profile image91
      paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      This whole thing really is indeed a mystery...

      A. What is happening?

      B. Why is it happening?

      C. Why is it happening the way it is happening?

      1. calculus-geometry profile image86
        calculus-geometryposted 10 months ago in reply to this

        I don't think it's worth worrying about since we know HP is getting more than 0 hits per day. Like every technical problem here, it'll get solved eventually, but not soon.   It's not out of the realm of possibility that HP switched to a private, paid, self-hosted non-web-based stats program. Something like Mint maybe. Website owners don't have to feed big data machines like Quantcast and Google Analytics.

        1. makingamark profile image76
          makingamarkposted 10 months ago in reply to this

          They do however have to show validated verified traffic if they want to get decent advertisers. The owners words is not good enough for advertising buyers.

          If they're just using the "anybody can have these adverts" type of advertiser they'll get less income.

  14. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 10 months ago

    I want a silo.

  15. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 10 months ago

    Reagrdless of the reason or cause I am not really seeing the downside for HP letting us know about it.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image91
      paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      .
      I wish HP would at least confirm they are indeed removing all the Q tracking tags. They certainly don't have to tell us why. In fact, Q TOS may even be preventing them from publicly explaining their reasons.

      Meanwhile, I looked at January 28th data. They're getting closer, but they still haven't ferreted them all out yet. Understandable, there's 7 to 8 years worth of treacle they have to plow through.

    2. makingamark profile image76
      makingamarkposted 10 months ago in reply to this

      I have a theory as to why they're doing it.

      They don't want to see people advertising the site's slide in traffic.

      http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/hubpages.com

      1. paradigmsearch profile image91
        paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

        You are not alone as to that theory.

        Meanwhile, I never realized until now Alexa belonged to Amazon.

      2. calculus-geometry profile image86
        calculus-geometryposted 10 months ago in reply to this
        1. paradigmsearch profile image91
          paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago in reply to this

          I knew about Alexa, but didn't know the others were equally bad; Google Trends especially surprised me. As for Q, glad to see confirmation at least the quantified data is accurate.

  16. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    Meanwhile, looks like HP has just about gotten them all...

  17. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    hi?

  18. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    Still a few critters to go...

  19. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    An fyi and request to HP Staff...

    I have been having a field day reporting about this elsewhere.

    Quantcast discovered it, but apparently you still have not.

    I would like closure here.

    Please confirm your removal of Q tags. As previously stated, an explanation of your actions is not necessary.

  20. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    The Exam

    Locked in a room I was.

    Two copper wires hung down from the ceiling.

    A pair of long-nosed pliers lay on the floor.

    Nothing else in the room.

    The exam? To attach the two wires together; thus completing a circuit and unlocking the doors. Succeed or die. Simple as that.

    Personally, I think these corporate Human Resources applicant tests go too far these days… Or maybe it’s just me.

    I grabbed the end of one wire and reached for the other. Too far.

    I picked up the pliers. Used them to grab one wire by the extreme tip. And again reached as far as possible for the other wire. Again the other wire was still too far away.

    Human Resources informed me through the speaker they were going home for the day and would check back tomorrow.

    I was hungry and thirsty. I also noticed I was starting to get cold.

  21. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    And there is an answer.

  22. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    But not from HP.

    205 we are.

    Critters still remain.

  23. paradigmsearch profile image91
    paradigmsearchposted 10 months ago

    @programmers

    As a former programmer, you have my sympathies.

 
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