I'm a newbie, so I don't know if it is relevant, but my organic (search engine) traffic is down a bit today. My HP traffic is up, because I edited my hubs to add the summary information. I'd much rather have an increase in search engine traffic, though!
It is hard to tell, as my hubs rarely get more than one view per day anyway, so I always have the blue arrow next to them. I have quite taken to it now, and think it a rather attractive colour which would be ideal in a wallpaper.
It looks like a big Google dance, algorithim change. A lot of hubs have been pushed down in the rankings....looks like it's happening for hubpages. Some squidoo lenses went down some but they seem to be regaining their old rankings somewhat.
I was wondering if anyone else was affected so I am glad I found this forum post as it may help me sleep tonight!! Alright so I wont end my life but dang I am down 350 visits just since last night. I have found several of my pages that ranked high have been pushed to some black hole of non readership.
I hope everything will settle and those who have seen a big decline in visits can rebound. As far as percentage, this represents 1/3 of my total average vists per day.
Wow Ryan, you took some low punches on that site didn't you. So unfair that other commenter's were quite rude to you and inferred you were exactly what Google was trying to stop. I bet they didn't even read any of your stuff, just assumed. I hated the attitude taken by one poster that you should go and get a proper job. Why is writing online never considered to be 'a proper job' ?
It so funny I came on and had a pit in my stomach when I read Hubpages update, thinking it was going to be bad. Then I realized it wasn't so bad, then I came to this thread. Man does this suck. I'm down quite a bit, tomorrow morning is going to be worse, I have a good feeling about that.
It will improve following Google's new search algorithm improvement. It will adversely affect content farm whatever on search results and rankings. This development is also trendy; blogging presently at Google's official blog site.
Google has done major updates before and yes, all h*ll breaks loose until things settle back down again to more reasonable levels.
Of course, it doesn't always work out great for all sites (no matter how high quality), some get slapped and stay slapped, others trickle back to better rankings and others bounce back even higher than before after the initial drop.
Cross your fingers and wait. It sucks right now but there's a chance it will improve as they adjust the algorithm.
You can make it go to google.com although it doesn't want to.But I can't remember!
I think I typed in google.com and it came up with the main google.uk screen - big search box and not much else. But down the bottom was something that said if I insisted it would grudgingly allow me to use google.com. Bit shorter obviously.
The way I got google.com to work was by using the google.com search results button in MS. After using it a few times, google chrome remembered the site and offered it to me every time I type in go.. Before that I kept getting google.es which is useless.
I couldn't understand the huge drop in traffic (which continues by the way) because all my rankings looked the same. A further check a few minutes ago shows I have lost all my number 1 positions (not that there were many), others have dropped back to bottom of front page, and the rest have disappeared completely into the wild blue yonder. It's a slap all right. The domains that have taken my place are lesser all round - less info, less domain age, not optimised...etc Still see ehow and buzzle and all the rest up there - just us and maybe ezine that are missing.
I am slightly curious though, as whilst I am based in Great Britain, of course my hubs are published on Hubpages, an American site. Most of my readers are also in the US, so surely my traffic will be just as badly affected as other Hubpage authors based in the US. Any search done on Google.com will produce US results unless I am mistaken! At point of writing this my viewings are down by about 15%, but I confess I have not checked my traffic sources.
I suspect that Mahalo got hit pretty hard too. I've been watching some of the keywords that they were ranking really well for and now they are on page 2 or even further down the line. They aren't even ranking for "Mahalo" anymore in the top spot. They're number 3 currently (what my results are). Guess what is number 2 for that spot? An Angelfire page.
It goes up, it goes down - personally, I cannot see the problem. Hubpages is just a mirror of life - we have good days and bad ones too. As long as we have more good days than bad, then I am happy. Got to take the rough with the smooth...
My drop really started sometime late last night, so I don't think I even have a full day to compare. But as of right now, HP shows me as down by 46%. AdSense and Analytics both say I'm down around 35%.
Oh I just passed by Sunforged, left my mark. Liked or whatever it is for FB. Good article and informative for those of us that like to find someone like you that's gathered the stats and made it easier to read - so thank you
And I don't mean lazy folks, I just go cross eyed when stats are plastered around the page. Any page!
For those that want to read sunforged's interesting article:HubsAcademy
This truly calls for detailed quality articles and not quantity of spinned articles. Publishers should be more concerned about publishing quality(detailed and informative) hubs and not just the quantity(how many hubs you've got) aimed at increasing G earnings and not providing detailed information(solution) to the visitor/reader.
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