So I have 2 accounts here. This one is my main writing site. I write to provide information and never tried hard to make money or optimize for SEO or any of that.
This account has 29 hubs. I used to get over 20 google views a day over those hubs (most views on one or two hubs). In the last 7 days, I've gotten exactly...ONE google view over all the hubs. I have made 0.74 this month on 29 hubs. My best performing of those hubs used to get mid-teens to mid-twenty views a day at its best.
The other account was started and then quickly abandoned as a sales hub, just to experiment. I have not touched that account for months. That means I did not do the subdomain thing there unless it was done for me. I did not take my Amazon capsules off even though I don't make money from them anymore (California) and I did not write summaries for any of them.
Over the last 30 days, I've had 60 google views on those FOUR hubs. Twenty-two of those google views have been in the last 7 days. Before last month I almost NEVER had a google view on any of those. I've made 0.17 on those hubs this month.
What does this mean?? I have absolutely no idea.
I never expected my hubs to make money (although it would be nice if the information was read and found to be useful).
I put this out there for those trying to figure out what the heck is going on in case it provides anything useful for anyone. I don't know if it will help (as my total number of hubs is small/insignificant) but found it odd that not only did my main account lose google views, the other one gained.
Just for your information, if you didn't do the subdomain switch yourself by a certain date, Hubpages did it for you.
Where were your views coming from when you were receiving 20 views a day? Are you certain that these views were even from a search engine at all? It is very possible that your hubs were new and still circulating around the HP community at first, eventually losing the bulk of their visits.
As far as your other hubs seeing in increase in traffic, I'm not too sure what to say about that... Perhaps they began to rank in a search engine after having been in existence for a certain amount of time.
The views I talked about were Google views- mostly US google. I specified them 'google views' in my original post to avoid the confusion that they might be from another source, such as hubpages or my own views as I edited or added summaries.
I don't understand the google algorithms or much about SEO and don't expect to ever know what is going on with my accounts. I just put this info out in case it could be useful.
Thank you for your thoughts and input
It sounds to me that Google doesn't know it's ass from it's elbow.
Time for Matt Cutts to release another video where he talks shit for ten minutes.
I don't think there is any rhyme or reason on how all this works. All the reading I've been doing, the forums I've been following, etc. leads me to believe NO ONE has it figured out and it all seems to be based on chance and happenstance. Even when someone does something that improves their rankings and views, the game's "rules" seem to change.
It might seem that way, but none of this stuff is random. The issue everyone seems to be facing right now is this. Google changed roughly 2% of their search results with Panda. Now this is a small number, but that 2% that changed affected lets say 10% of websites that that 2% linked to etc. This process is continuing every time Google does another regular spiderbot scan, and people don't understand why changes are still taking place.
A change to an algorithm as complex as Google's is going to appear a bit subtly because of the way the system works. As far as the particular situation in this forum, I really can't say - but I can tell you it DOES have to do with SOMETHING (as vague as that sounds). Seasonal searches, increased webpage age, a drop in webpages that previously ranked higher than him for his keywords; could have been just about anything.
I've followed the "rules" so to speak and watched myself rise in search rankings and my views / Adsense increase. Not so much here on HP because I have only been writing steadily for about 3 weeks now but on my own domains. Just about all my of articles on HP are also about teaching hubbers how to increase their traffic (they are actually helpful rather than regurgitated SEO sop), maybe you should check some of them out.
Weirdness continues. I have had more GOOGLE hits on the 4 hubs in the 'neglected' account in one day, than in the whole week on this account...
I don't get it. I've still only made $1 between the two accounts this month so it's not important, just bizarre.
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