I'm wondering if anyone else is having the same problems I have. I have tracking on my other blogs and mini-sites, and in Sept./October I was getting a lot more clicks with less traffic. Hypothetically, it wasn't out of the question to get 4-10 a day depending on traffic. Now I get over double the traffic, but less than half the clicks, to the point where I'm getting smart priced. I'm really baffled, because I know we're not supposed to share percentages, but in the past couple weeks it seems like it's not consistent that I will get any clicks from over 100 visits.
This really baffles me, as I haven't made any major changes. Has anyone else on HubPages had any problems at all, or does this seem an isolated thing?
Thanks for any feedback.
What made you thinking you are getting smartpriced?
And yeah, it fluctuates a lot for me lately.
End of October for two weeks about every click was worth $0.40-$1.00. Since the first rough day in November every click is $0.03, $0.04, or $0.07 coming from the same pages. There was one good day this month that put me above the generally accepted "smart pricing" line, and the first click after I was above that mark was $0.70. After that, they've all gone back down to less than $0.10.
We can't share percentages, so I can't say exactly where I suspect the line is, but based off the experience of others I've seen from online forums and similar patterns I've seen, if you have two pennies to a dollar that's about the line.
So my suspicion on smart pricing is because since I'm "below the line" I suspect in November, all the clicks are at the level they were at when I just got started and was commonly below that percentage. The one day I peaked above that, the old number returned.
I'm frustrated because I've had some really good success with Hubpages, but it's looking like my traffic has tripled, and my click #'s have fallen by 2/3 at the same time. That's why I'm trying to figure out if others have had the same problem, or if this is something that's just hammering me.
I don't think you are smartpriced Jerry. It looks more like a genuine lack of advertisers in your niche. I have very similar results in my niche lately, too - and I am seriously working on changing my business model...
Could be - I did notice the ads changed on what has consistently been my best hub and none of the new ones are converting...which is a shame because based on using the search engine I know there are more ads that could work, but I can't seem to get them to show. I'd rather have 5 clicks a day at 15 cents a piece than 0 for every 500 views or whatever it is now.
It's good to know I'm not the only one. Thanks, Misha, for sharing. I'll start looking around for what I can do. Let me know if you find a model that really starts working for you.
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