After the previous week downslide and recovery, the traffic again slumped to 50%
Is HubPages always affected on the wrong side by any Google update?
No, we all have separate sub-domains, so some people are affected and some are not. It comes down to your own content.
I really wish the people that weren't would start a thread!
I need to see something positive for once!
A little "cheerleading" now and then can't hurt!
I think it's really hard to determine if it simply is 'down to your own content'.
It appears it may have more to do with backlinks which we can't control. There are plenty of people who have been hit that have quality content. It seems many who have been hit have hundreds of hubs.
I'm one who was not hit, and I don't have a lot of hubs, but I do have a decent amount of natural backlinks.
I hope those who have been hit hard recover! It's disturbing to read how many have been affected.
You are absolutely right, backlinks may be an issue for some Hubbers - but it's very important people don't just throw their hands up, say "it's not me, it's my backlinks" and do nothing.
I'm not being holier-than-thou - I've been through it myself, so I do know how it feels. I was hit in early December (as were a few other Hubbers). 75% of my traffic disappeared overnight. I looked very hard at my content and made several changes. With this latest update, my traffic has come back. I'll probably never know which of my changes made the difference - but it shows that it's worth trying.
As for backlinks - I've seen some people complaining that they can't control who backlinks to them, but it's highly unlikely that has anything to do with it. Google is targeting "unnatural" linking patterns, characteristic of people who game the system. It's extremely unlikely that any Hubber could have collected enough "unnatural" links accidentally to bother Google.
As I've mentioned in other forums. It may not be you but one of the 'other' sites where your link is attached. If they get 'G' slapped, their site goes down along with your own link sucks but the message is to watch where you place your links besides 'bad neighborhoods'. Hope that helps.
My traffic has been stable through the last Google update - but it was hit hard in the October "tweak" last year. I have seen some recovery since that point in time, but it is very slow.
Some of the content that I have seen for the last few days on top of google searches has been crappy.. I wonder if it is really 'down to your own content'. I have stayed up and afloat through the other panda attacks.. but this one has taken 50% of my traffic..I don't backlink to say the least.
I think the traffic goes up and down every day. Just think about it, even though you might get a couple hits today, there may not be too many searches for your keywords tommorow.
If it had been a slight variation, it would have been understandable. But a drop of 200 to less than 100 visits on my best article in 1 day doesn't at all sound normal. The figures have not improved much even now, so that's why it is depressing.
And it is not that it is a short period article, this is one which should have a increasing traffic nowadays.
My traffic is level and unaffected. I haven't been commenting on the threads about this because I don't want to imply that I have any idea what I "did right"--if such a concept applies. But I can confirm than some hubbers are not effected by this particular panda. I did get hammered by the previous one and gradually recovered to exceed previous performance (despite changing absolutely nothing).
Panda are fickle beasts.
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