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Turning off Hub Ads and the Plunge

  1. Rik Ravado profile image92
    Rik Ravadoposted 5 years ago

    My secondary account has suffered a 95% drop in traffic over the weekend -presumably as a result of the latest Panda run (Oct 13th).  I have turned Hub ads off on this account but I'm still getting the 40% Hub Pages share with full ads.  I there for wonder whether turning them off is going to make any difference.

    My question is, if the Googlebot checks my site and sees the HubPages share then the full ads are still there.  This means I may be penalised for too much advertising even when I turn them off.  Could this explain the plunges some people are getting?  It could be pot luck whether the Googlebot sees adsense only or the 'Full Monty' from the Hubpages share.

    This is a long shot but what do others think?

    What do HubPages Staff think - are there too many adverts and is this triggering a penalty on some accounts?

  2. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    I don't think so, although of course I have nothing to substantiate that claim. Loads of sites have been hit that don't have all those ads, so its not just a Hubpages thing.

    1. Rik Ravado profile image92
      Rik Ravadoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Good point Izzy - also there were plenty of 'plungers' before the recent extra ads.

  3. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    And I 'un-plunged' while still having them.

  4. tamron profile image60
    tamronposted 5 years ago

    I noticed the past 4 or 5 days my earnings went from great to almost nothing.  Not just on hubpages but on webanswers to and I was doing great.  Now nothing I thought it was a holiday or something so did we have anther panda?

    1. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes another Panda on the 13th. It is being called 'a minor update' instead of Panda 2.6, but it's anything but minor judging by the sheer numbers of sites that have been decimated by it.

  5. Rik Ravado profile image92
    Rik Ravadoposted 5 years ago

    My traffic seems to be returning today.  My primary (Rik) account is more or less normal again while my secondary account with the 95% traffic drop has risen to around 70% of normal again now.  Hopefully my problems are just the new algorithm settling down rather than a Google penalty.

  6. LeanMan profile image82
    LeanManposted 5 years ago

    I don't know if I should say this for fear of having a plunge but I have seen only a steady rise in traffic since changing over to my subdomain. I had the initial surge then my traffic has continued to climb slowly but steadily (three times pre-panda levels)
    I have the HP-Ads on, and they do not seem to have reduced my views at all, my traffic for this last week is slightly higher than the previous.

    My Hubs are mainly informational with some Amazon on each but not a huge amount...

  7. breakingnews profile image60
    breakingnewsposted 5 years ago

    yes there was Google panda updates 2.5 so many sites reduce traffic due to this . i think Google wants why other Search King not coming so he now become that Boss , which always right, may be he wrong.

    1. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Is it just me, or did anyone else not understand this?

      1. Rik Ravado profile image92
        Rik Ravadoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        It definately isn't just you Izzy! smile

      2. Rik Ravado profile image92
        Rik Ravadoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I feel drawn to be poetic:

        Right or Wrong?
        The Search King come
        Become that Boss
        Izzy I'm at a loss?

      3. theherbivorehippi profile image83
        theherbivorehippiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I tried reading every other word and backwards and still didn't understand.

    2. toygurus profile image61
      toygurusposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Maybe breakingnews is saying: Google released Panda 2.5 which reduced traffic to many sites. There are no leaders in search so Google has appointed itself as the boss. Google thinks they are always right. I think they are wrong.

      1. Rik Ravado profile image92
        Rik Ravadoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Well done!  That makes perfect sense now. smile

        PS: My earnings on both accounts are back to normal.  My problem was the change when the new algorithm kicked in at the weekend rather than a Google penalty.

  8. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    LOL, I think he might just have failed the Paul Edmondson readability test!

    Wait a minute...so did I!

    1. habee profile image91
      habeeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      My hubs had a slight bump up in traffic over the past few days, but traffic to my blogs went down a little.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I've seen about a 20% increase ever since the 10th.  I keep expecting it to drop back, but it isn't happening.  About the only thing it fits in with is that the spiders began visiting again around that time after a period of not crawling hardly any at all.

  9. iQwest profile image71
    iQwestposted 5 years ago

    As far as I can tell, it's nearly impossible to make any sense of these Panda updates as they relate to our subdomain pages here at HubPages.

    I've been in the tank for the past month until October 13.  The first day I started receiving any Google traffic in nearly a month was on October 14 (went from an average of 3 pageviews a day from Google to 50 on the 14th, 70 on the 15th, and 71 on the 16th).

    This bump is still horrible considering I have 90 Hubs, but at least it looks like I've temporarily graduated from the sandbox to the dirt!

    I don't think the amount of advertising has anything to do with the traffic patterns.  I see tons of third party sites ranking quite well for search terms on Google and they have hardly any unique content outside of that contained within their sales advertisements.

    From a personal perspective, I have a few Squidoo sales lenses (written in the past few months) that have over 100 combined links to Amazon and eBay alongside Chitika Ads, text link ads, and Adsense (per 300 - 500 words of unique content).  Yes, I even have Google news capsules on these lenses and they perform significantly better than my Hubs.  Additionally, the traffic patterns are much more uniform and consistent day in and day out.