I did notice somewhat of a decline in my hubviews over the past few days. However I do not see a ton of blue arrows right now. Out of my sixty published hubs, so far I have three down arrows. Hopefully we see that change for the better soon!
My traffic is all over the map. Sometimes it is really good, near record highs, and other times it is in the basement. Thye HP team is constantly working to improve the site and offset the effects of Panda. Their focus on improving traffic bodes well for all of us. As Google continues to make changes and the HP team work improving the HP experience, traffic will have some weird patterns. Welcome to the internet.
I don't think drops are ever site-wide unless Google has done something, you can always tell this if your hubs remain in their rankings. One of my top 3 hubs has dropped but I haven't done much backlinking recently...which always helps
Very weird - I noticed Stacy L. posted the same thing... my views are holding steady or slightly rising. We'll see what happens over the next 24 hours, though. I hope this isn't a portent of things to come!
Large drops in traffic tend to follow large upward spikes in traffic. If you've had a sudden surge in views recently, it's not out of the ordinary for the views to taper off or drop after a short while.
So, are a majority of your Hubs about wedding planning? If so, wouldn't you say that the surge and drop is due to regular flux in wedding traffic? I've got a few pages on various sites that deal with things related to weddings, and they go up during planning times of the year and down during the actual heavier wedding seasons themselves.
I'm holding steady, which is much higher than usual since the upturn started about a week ago. Remember that a lot of people along the East Coast of the U.S. are still without power and Internet. So don't pay much attention to it for now.
Some people could have still been using a UPS. I had backup power for a while myself. Other sections are only experiencing problems today as mudslides are occurring as rivers are overflowing. This is a delayed reaction due to the storm. So you could expect people who rode it out fine are now in trouble. Vermont seems to have been a total washout. Worse than Long Island.
The last I heard, a lot of people could be without power for as long as a week. That was after we lost power twice but now have it back. I haven't had the chance to see any updates on whether that one-week thing may have changed, or how many still have no power.
Nope, not an organic traffic dip. Rankings for keywords lowered yesterday evening.
It's truly bizarre, these plunges and surges, hitting some accounts at the same time, others at other times....recovering here and there...Google's up to some crazy stuff; I hope it's still data gathering, but maybe it's just willy-nilly penalties....or maybe our surges were some other websites' penalties...
If there's any consistency to it, I sure hope we figure it out. It's like a tragicomedy, all this melodrama, laughing and crying with the actors, knowing you're coming onstage, then realizing you've been in the play all along...
Well my blogs have really been doing well since Panda, my Hubs not so much. Then Thursday, my blogs started dropping like rocks and my Hub page views shot up 1000 -2000. Remember that Seinfeld episode where Jerry was "Mr. 50/50"?
I'd had that substantial increase that a lot of other people did (what was it now, last week?). I think it was Friday night that the steady and consistent-seeming increase stopped; and I began seeing "non-dramatic" but continued dropping for the weekend. (Someone else on here mentioned it could be the weekend issue.) Although the drop (as the rise had been) was actually consistently gradual, by the end of seeing things drop the drop was kind of substantial (500 views or so before the gradual drop turned around, I think). Some time yesterday I began to see a slow, upwards, climb that has continued through to right now. For now, they're at the highest I've seen post-Panda and post-subdomains; as well as higher than more recent (maybe even not so recent) pre-Panda, 24-hour, averages.
Considering that my 24-hour averages have their own range, as opposed to factoring in "odd low's and high's" that aren't "the average" for me; and depending on whether I'm factoring in my "low averages" or "high averages", my 24-hour views today are from 3 times to 4 times more than previous averages. As it is of right now, it looks like if it were continue to go up today/tonight, it would be at 3 times my post-subdomain "average" and even "all time high". That's, of course, as of right now. Who knows what will happen an hour and a half from now - or next week...
(In other words, my traffic's better than ever, at least for now.)
Hub views are for a given time period. The one day column is for the last 24 hours back in time. Some of that traffic had to come in somewhere during the day and it drops back out 24 hours later - but is still counted in the other columns. Only the all time total views column should stay constantly growing.
That's my explanation to myself for the situation you describe. But I am no expert so perhaps someone else knows better.
My traffic is falling. I have blue arrows, but also have red arrows. A few hubs that had huge spikes are falling down. My peak highest was 12,000 views, now I am in the 8000s. (The rolling 24 hr stats.)
Hopefully, this is not some Google Update again or something. Of course, this is the weekdays, my traffic was A LOT different on the weekend.
One of my oldest hubs is still performing really well though, most of the hubs that are losing traffic are new.
I have a sea of blue arrows this morning, on almost every single Hub. It's not a tragedy - my traffic has basically gone back to what it was before 20th August. But between then and now, I had this huge surge with a doubling in traffic, and now it's gone. Peculiar.
Maybe we all should start consulting our astrological charts or palm readers, or something. It doesn't really look like the kind of answers we'd like will be coming from any consistency with traffic on here.
I've come down from the all-time high, but am still holding higher than pre-panda.
Looking at traffic sources, international traffic (.ca, .au and .in) is down. .com is holding steady as is .co.uk. But of course the Americans have yet to wake up, so who knows what will happen to .com
I've had the opposite, after the HP Ad program kicked off, my views slowly dropped until this month when every one of my decent hubs have seen a 100% increase in views! It's all very strange, need to spend some time looking at analytics.
Stacie, on the weekend I had a couple of days that had me thinking my views were going to keep dropping. Based on what I've seen on here, I was ready to see them drop to "nothing", but I was also thinking the increase may have just been leveling off, and that they'd settle somewhere reasonable (even if substantially lower). Anyway, they turned around again (for now, and they're at an all-time high). There's just way too much havoc going on with traffic for anyone to think whatever it his traffic is right now is going to stay approximately where it is for any length of time. Maybe there'll come a time when that changes, but this sure isn't that time.
I live in NJ, and many towns around us have been without electrical power for 5 days, maybe that's why people are offline around here. Once the power comes on, you have to throw out all your rotten food, the house is a wreck, and the weather went from 85 to 60, so we're all banging around in the dark looking for warm clothes. I've just ventured back online today.
Curiously I've had a minor rise in views over the weekend although my views are still around 25% when compared to other months. I've lso found that the viewings on one of my hubs has gone up over 200% over the last week too. (and I'm not talking it starting at single figures!)
I have a second account here- a small one that I have mentioned in other threads- and it was one of those that plunged about a week ago. I looked this morning and it was all red arrows. This evening it has the highest traffic it has ever seen.
The only reason I am saying this is because accounts that suddenly lose traffic are not necessarily doomed. Several people have talked about much bigger falls and recoveries than I have experienced.
On the contrary, my total hub views for today are the highest they've ever been in the four+ years I've been on HubPages. And I've been seeing many red arrows for a few days now, right about the time when I noticed the gray A's. ^_^
My traffic continues to rise (fingers crossed) and today is the highest traffic I've had from G.. I had a 24-hr surge of traffic from Bing a few months back.. that one must be a fluke as it lasted only a day. The rise in traffic from G however is lasting for over a week now. I'm not going to hold my breathe considering some traffic have gone down already.. but I'm enjoying the ride while it lasted.
You're scaring me, David. Please go away and be quiet!
It's a roller coaster for sure and no one can predict one day to the next. I'm still seeing high traffic, pretty well settled out. As of right now I expect today to fall slightly from yesterday (it usually does on Wednesday) but who knows. It might just as well shut down completely at noon!
I wish it would just settle down and google would quit messing with us.
If you're still at high traffic, then unless most of your hubs are weighted heavily towards hurricanes, moving into dorms, or other current events, I don't think you're "plunging." I'm now at lower traffic than I was a year and a half ago. That's a plunge!
Plunging happens if you're not ranking highly for terms you ranked highly for before.
You can see what kind of traffic you were getting last week from keywords you were ranking for in your Analytics account. Then check your Analytics today and yesterday and compare. Then sign out of Google and do a Google search to see where you're ranking today. The rankings you see aren't exactly accurate, because of personalization of search, but they give you a ballpark figure. If you were on page one last week but are not today, you may be plunging. If your position's holding, then it's just a traffic fluctuation.
I did not know Google analytics told you rankings. I see that it tells you what hubs are performing best, where traffic is coming from (which is awesome), and other various statistics.
Actually, people moving into dorms might be affecting me. I have some gaming hubs. And I know some people may not be searching for certain keywords because of either no gaming consoles, or they are focusing on classes at the moment.
I just think the hurricane may be affecting me because if people have no power, then they have no access to a computer, except mobile.
Where exactly do I see rankings for my hubs Analytics?
You can't see your search engine rankings in GA, but you can see the traffic you're getting for keywords. Look at the keyword metric when you view your content for today, yesterday, day before, whenever.... If you notice a dip today or yesterday, then confirm it by doing a Google search for those keywords as I described.
Still down 85%. One of my articles eventually made to page 1 and consistently stayed on page 1 from the google search engine. You can come up with different combination of words in the search and it would still comes up high on page 1. Now its on Page 2 with new articles ahead if it.
I'm a little higher than that for average time on page, but not a lot. There are always those that click in, look for 3 seconds and realize that isn't what they wanted at all.
Another thing to watch for on this; I see that if I order the data by time on page and look at the bottom group of very short times they are all for slide shows and/or translations. Take them out and the number would rise a fair bit; I get a lot of slide show views and mostly they just flip through them rapidly. I also get some clicks from slide shows, though, so I guess it's all right.
For any particular hub - lots of variables. What is it about? How long is it? Does the title match the material so the "right" readers are drawn in and there aren't many that leave before it's even fully loaded? Are there videos to keep the reader there?
Most of my "how to" hubs are running around 5-10 minutes on the average hub and I think that is reasonable. Most visitors to this kind of hub are looking for a particular piece of information and as soon as they get it they're gone, whether they read it all or not. It might take 10 or 15 minutes to really read it all, and few do, but that's fine as long as they get what they want (and leave via a click!).
On the other hand, I've got a few detailed and technical hubs that probably average 15 minutes. It takes much longer to digest them and even the "come and leaves" won't drag them down too much.
All in all I believe that just 2 or 3 minutes over a wide range of subjects and hub length isn't bad, but I'm no expert at all. My goal is earning money and that figure is resulting in (to me) a satisfactory CPM.
I believe its either Google or Hubpages programmers gone wild with a bad program that wasn't properly tested and/or approved for production which was subsequently executed causing all these problems. I've been in the IT business for many years and I know how programmers think. When they screw up, they panic and try to sneak in a fix before anyone notices - and a lot of times they may magnify the problem. If they did their due diligence to begin with proper UAT (User Acceptance & Training) or QA (Quality Assurance), screw ups would not get into the production environment.
I've been involved in some major disaster recovery efforts has a result of one programmer not know what they were doing or not being properly supervised or substandard IT procedures and policies or poor oversite or enforcement.
My traffic was at an all time low last week, but today it has never been higher These things tend to go in cycles, I have followed all the advice that has been offered by hp's and people like Ryan and I am hoping that the recovery is sustainable. My earnings have suffered like most but even they are now showing good signs of recovery. Not quite at pre-panda levels but close. The sub-domain switch has been a good move by hp's.
Keep on Dancin' Baby - with apologees to Abbbbbaaaa
I was at a party, this guy called Panda said to me "Something bad is happening, Don't you all agree? Google cares for nothing, no one like you and me Evil times are coming, traffics crashin', just you wait and see" I said, "Who are you to talk about Traffic set to doom?" He got kinda scary as he looked around the room He said, "I work for Google, I know the formula ain't great !" I said, "I just can't believe it, why don't my hubs rate? Panda, can you tell me what is right and what is wrong?" He said, "Keep on rocking baby, 'til the night is gone"
On and on and on Keep on rocking baby 'Til the night is gone On and on and on 'Til the night is gone On and on and on Keep on rocking baby 'Til the night is gone On and on and on 'Til the night is gone
Standing up is scary if your Hubs have started to fall Like Humpty Dumpty, its like falling off the wall Don't ask 'cause Google will never say what's going on Its all a secret so just keep writing and moving all along Gotta keep on rockin baby till the night is gone
I am new and was getting about 200 visits a day for my toy hubs. Yesterday I had 4 visits combined. Not sure what I did wrong as all my hubs have blue arrows. They are pretty new articles. Oh well, Google hates me.
It seems to me that people who write on a single topic are the ones having the most trouble.
I have written on several very different topics and I see each topic either soaring or dropping together. Overall though my articles are weathering the storm well because the topics are balancing each other out.
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