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Hubs in freefall after huge rise - what is happening?

  1. Les Trois Chenes profile image92
    Les Trois Chenesposted 5 years ago

    Over the last two days my hub viewings are all down to practically 0. This after a huge rise to about 400 a day. What's happening on HubPages? Who else is affected?

  2. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago

    This has been happening on and off since the Panda slap of February '10.

    You'll find there are LOTS of similar threads on this topic in the forums. sad

    1. Les Trois Chenes profile image92
      Les Trois Chenesposted 5 years ago in reply to this
      1. michifus profile image86
        michifusposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I have just checked  a few of your hubs and you have an extraordinary amount of links going out from your pages, both within hubpages and external links. When you add in the links that Hubpages puts on every page, plus the links from your amazon capsules, it could be viewed as being excessive.

        I found that once I had cut back on internal and external linking, and removed Amazon capsules from some of my hubs and reduced the number of amazon products on others, traffic improved considerably.

        It would appear that Google has re-spidered your pages and you have been penalized. It may not be the links, but it did stand out when i looked at your hubs.

        1. Les Trois Chenes profile image92
          Les Trois Chenesposted 5 years ago in reply to this
          1. michifus profile image86
            michifusposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            If it is a Panda problem, it could be due to a number of different things that you have done "wrong" in the eyes of Google. That doesn't mean they are actually wrong - just that Google sometimes takes a dislike to even the very best writers - albeit sometimes only temporarily.

            I would leave it for at least a couple of weeks to see if traffic rebounds. However, what have you been doing recently? have you made any changes?

            You say that you have only just been adding in ebay capsules recently - could that have anything to do with the traffic plunge? If you are adding them to every hub, I would consider holding back on a few.

            I had a plunge, and checked my amazon hubs - they represented 90% of my account. I took them off the hubs where they were not particularly relevant, were not working as far as I could tell, and on hubs where I was getting no traffic before the plunge. Overall I reduced amazon hubs to about 60%. My traffic went up to normal levels - after a plunge of over 6 months.

            I now only using Amazon/ebay capsules when it is relevant - i.e a sales hub, and when I do use them I select the products and only have 2-4 products.

            Would traffic have returned if I had done nothing? I don't know for sure.

            As for links, I am a firm believer in restricting the number of outbound links on a page to just a few. Often none at all unless it is particularly relevant. I no longer link to my own hubs - or very rarely. I made that change at the same time, following advice from a number of hubbers on here. In particular ditching the feed capsules, which I think are particularly bad.

            Just my two penneth!

            1. Les Trois Chenes profile image92
              Les Trois Chenesposted 5 years ago in reply to this
              1. michifus profile image86
                michifusposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                there are loads of forum posts on Panda - take a look at what the general consensus is from people who have pulled out of it. I agree with you. But then Panda hit a lot of hubbers - even a lot of the really good hubbers on here.

            2. Will Apse profile image89
              Will Apseposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Too many affiliate links certainly seem to mark you out for a Pandering.

      2. Pearldiver profile image88
        Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Relax 3 Dogs... Don't get down about it..

        I believe Google may have sent your work out to Backward Countries for a few days! It often takes time to travel through mountain ranges, valleys and thick forestation by donkey (Panda's proxy).. You can always tell when your hubs are being viewed in backward countries, because you will notice on your stats that the hubs that have been read backwards, can be identified by the - minus sign beside them! sad

        Hopefully the search engine donkey will not be lost or injured on it's journey..

        Bon Chance... Keep your pecker up!  smile

        1. Rosie2010 profile image83
          Rosie2010posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks for making me laugh today, Pearldiver!  I also hope the se donkey doesn't get lost or injured on its journey. lol

          1. Pearldiver profile image88
            Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Oh So Sad Rosie... the donkey he... he.. c'est mort!  E isa kaaaaput! sad

            He carry too mucha traffic away from the hub plagues..... and he fall offa... downa the cliff sad

            So sad for 'im.. he wasa good donkey you know.. he justa carry too mucha BS upper the mountain... he's legis too small... yikes  sad

            1. Les Trois Chenes profile image92
              Les Trois Chenesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Pearldiver - you're just not taking this seriously!

      3. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        If your final total of views has gone down, that happens about 24 hours after you delete a hub.

        I just lost 20,000 views off my total this week after deleting some hubs.

        But yeah what everyone else says about plunges and surges, looks like you have joined the club!

        1. Les Trois Chenes profile image92
          Les Trois Chenesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          IzzyM, Thanks for leaving a message. No, I haven't deleted any. Perhaps this is just the downside the huge surge a week or so ago. I just wonder what is going on with HupPages when Squidoo, for example, is stable.

          1. IzzyM profile image88
            IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Did Squidoo split into subdomains too?

            1. PaulGoodman67 profile image90
              PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago in reply to this

              No.  Not currently.

          2. WannaB Writer profile image94
            WannaB Writerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I haven't found Squidoo all that stable this week. My only top tier lens was up to around 1700 three days ago and suddenly jumped back down to 700 the day after and it's been fluctuating between those two numbers since then. I'm just hoping it doesn't plummet from Tier One before the end of the month.

            I try to do my best and let the views and rankings fall where they may. I have no idea how these things are determined.

            1. Les Trois Chenes profile image92
              Les Trois Chenesposted 5 years ago in reply to this
              1. WannaB Writer profile image94
                WannaB Writerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                I have a different name on Squidoo.  I'm BarbRad there.

                1. Les Trois Chenes profile image92
                  Les Trois Chenesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Found you Barbara, and thanks for the message.

  3. michifus profile image86
    michifusposted 5 years ago

    As has been pointed out.... wait to see if it recovers before taking any drastic action smile

    1. Pearldiver profile image88
      Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Sadly the last word....

      The Donkey.... C'est mort! C'est MORT! sad

  4. PerlongMedical profile image59
    PerlongMedicalposted 5 years ago

    I believe Google may have sent your work out to Backward Countries for a few days

    1. CMHypno profile image90
      CMHypnoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Pearldiver, you seem to have aquired a little echo! smile

      1. Pearldiver profile image88
        Pearldiverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yes....yes  CM...cm

        Dragons...dragons Are...are Much...much Revered...revered In..in The...the Chinese...chinese Culture...culture smile

  5. PaulGoodman67 profile image90
    PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago

    The Google gods have been offended!  You must sacrifice some Amazons to appease them!

  6. Doc Snow profile image96
    Doc Snowposted 5 years ago

    FWIW, I had a very good first three weeks of February, then the weekend dropped back to about half the traffic.  Today is up again.  I suspect that many times we look for reasons where there is only random variation.

    Which, of course, doesn't stop me from hoping that the first three weeks represent a real trend!

  7. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 5 years ago via iphone

    The same thing happened to me. Today is a good day-yay!  Maybe it goes in cycles

 
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