This is ridiculous. My top hub went down 7 points in the past couple of days and views are back to half of normal.
There was a big lift on Thursday, but things were back down on Friday.
After tweeting, retweeting and all the marketing possible, there is a huge drop again.
Is anything going on that is suppressing our views?
I have been here a little over two weeks, with 21 hubs...they have all fallen and then picked up.... I know from experience, publishing online, that this will always happen. Overall, I think I have done remarkably well here on HP as far as traffic. Nothing spectacular, but much better than when I publish on my own site, or blog.
Depending on your topics, views can drop over the weekend. Do you normally see a decrease in views on weekends?
I did read on another thread about Google implementing a page layout algorithm in the last few days, I think it was the 18th.
I don't really know if this would affect HP subdomains so much. Our ads are placed by HP. The only spot we can have some control over is the 'top right' corner of our hub. I don't purposely leave it open for ads because it looks too ad heavy in my opinion.
....and if you think it's too ad heavy, there's a chance Google does too!
As we discussed on another thread, I had no idea that HP displays more advertising to visitors than it does to us. I'm sure they're looking at the current layout in light of this update and may make some changes.
It does depend on the topic. Weekends are a little slower, but some people do their reading on weekends. This is a 50 percent drop, though. It's back to Christmas holidays level.
Personally, I'm going with the seasonal theory for the time being.
My views always go down dramatically on the weekend as well as holidays. I have come to expect this, even in HP views, never mind outside views.
Yes, you're probably right, Marisa.
I remember when those top ads were first introduced. I wanted to see what they were and how they looked. They told us we could see them as viewers do while signed out. That's when I changed some of my layout, although I didn't have too many with ads in that top right spot.
Did you read the link in the other forum thread and watch the videos? Matt Cutts said only 1% of sites would be affected. I'm sure we've all landed on those kind of pages~ we can't even find the text! I don't think HP looks that bad, but it may be helpful to tweak layout to see what happens.
I can hardly read my own posts, but for the huge block of ad space in the first nuggetty part. I've never looked from the outside and will check up on this.
This is why I put my poetry ad level on low unless I am using an outside link for a photo (I try not to do this, by the way)
A poem is so short it can be overwhelmed, while meanwhile, people read poems to read the poems. No person I know of reads poems to find poetry related ads,so you won't make money off of them anyway.
Yeah there is indeed a dramatic drop in view in the last few weekends but then it is usually back to normal by Monday! Hopefully it bounces back to normal level after this weekend too.
It is normal for a major drop in traffic over a weekend. Mine usually drops from about 10,100 per day down to 8,500 between Fridays and Sundays, but it returns to the high levels by Monday.
January is renowned for a drop in traffic, just think, October, November and December are shopping months with holidays.. January hasn't really get any major holidays and people are busy organizing and planning and it takes a while for things to pick up again
CPM also drops because businesses aren't paying as much because people aren't shopping as much
Well, I've played the games, followed the tips and will see how it goes to the end of February.
The views are back up to normal.
Someone told about indexing the site at bing and at google. I forgot the third site. I found the pages for b&g and indexed to see if that will help!
Thanks for the replies.
You will start getting excited again about your traffic come early March. This is the time to start writing like a bat out of hell
You're on, Kangaroo_J! My views are not that large, but they are back up to the levels that I had in early December.
I am now adding one hub per day to see if indexing at Google and Bing did any help.
My traffic fell off the face of the earth in early January. I filed a reinclusion request with Google immediately after it happened. After a week and a half, I figured what the heck and unpublished a handful of my lesser-rated hubs. The next morning, my traffic went through the roof and has stayed there ever since. I don't know if it was the reinclusion request or removing poor-performing hubs, but it went back up.
Best of luck. I was really in the dumps for a week and a half, so I know the feeling.
Poetry isn't enjoyed by many but there are some who do enjoy it I think mixing it with the 'education' and related markets would help prop a site and provide for better ads just a thought.
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