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My traffic dropped from 1000 to 90

  1. jamiew12310 profile image81
    jamiew12310posted 5 years ago

    Yesterday my traffic was over 1000, today it's massively dropped to 90. I have no idea why?

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Chck to see if your are still getting Goolgle traffic like you were.  Chances are you've been screwgled like many of us on Hubpages.  Try reading your hubs aloud like some of us were told to do!  lol

                                       http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6186572.jpg

      1. lobobrandon profile image84
        lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yup, since I get all my traffic from google it had to be there smile It's lower but its there. I can wait for sometime before I read my hubs out loud big_smile

    2. Dale Hyde profile image86
      Dale Hydeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I have experienced a massive drop over a two week period. The reasoning? No idea.

  2. lobobrandon profile image84
    lobobrandonposted 5 years ago

    My traffic crashed by over 70%!! All my hubs fetching me around 150 a day got me just 30 sad The ones getting me around 50 just 10 and the ones getting me 10's is almost nil!

    Any update by the big G?

    PS: This isn't my usual weekend drop.

  3. ankitharrytom profile image80
    ankitharrytomposted 5 years ago

    Same here. Traffic drop of 90%. But my other blogs are doing fine so I think only Hubpages is affected.
    May be it will bounce back, like it always does. However, it would be nice to know why always HubPages is the focus of such roller coasters.

    1. lobobrandon profile image84
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It's the first time its happened to me...

  4. miloskc profile image60
    miloskcposted 5 years ago

    Same problem here. Yesterday, my traffic dropped significantly, and I didn't get a single impression coming from Google. Some of my hubs that were before on the first or second page on Google cannot be found at all anymore... I hope this is just a temporary issue.
    Anyway, it is good to know that I am not the only one affected by this.

  5. CASE1WORKER profile image85
    CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago

    From my experience if google traffic dries up completely overnight, you have been placed in the sandbox. I was there for three months last year but got out after doing virtually nothing- others such as Izzy have never climbed out-
    There are lots of threads on this but as of yet no definite solution to the problem- sorry

    1. ankitharrytom profile image80
      ankitharrytomposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Sandboxing is usually done individually and not en-masse. I just hope you are wrong smile

      1. lobobrandon profile image84
        lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Mine aren't sandboxed. Sandboxed means they're totally thrown off the face of Google wink mine have fallen in ranks not gone to page 20 or 30 just from page #1 and at times #1 to rank 30 or 40 and some even below 100

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

          That is typical of the sandbox effect!

          Sandboxed hubs are still indexed.

          1. lobobrandon profile image84
            lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            But, some hubs are ranking high even #1 for a single keyword which used to get me a quarter of the total traffic (on that hub). So, I doubt I've been sandboxed. Its something else

          2. miloskc profile image60
            miloskcposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Well, it seems I've been sandboxed... It is very frustrating. IzzyM, I read your hub on sandbox effect and it seems you had a lot of trouble with it.
            Are your hubs still sandboxed?

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

              I'm afraid so. I had to more or less abandon this account and start new ones.

              The 12 months will be up next month, so fingers crossed.

              1. lobobrandon profile image84
                lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Hmm it's supposed to be one year is it. Fingers crossed for you too and Randy as well as Hypno

              2. miloskc profile image60
                miloskcposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                IzzyM, that's very discomforting. Is there any way to fix this sandbox effect?

                I was thinking to un-publish all of my hubs, and published them in a different account. But I don't know if HubPages would allow that.  Does HubPages allow having several accounts at the same time?

                1. Randy Godwin profile image93
                  Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Yes.  But your hubs will start over as if new with no age or backlinks to them.  Multiple subdomains are allowed here.  But there is no guarantee the new account will not fall at any time like the previous one.

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                  1. miloskc profile image60
                    miloskcposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Thanks Randy Godwin. That's really good to know. I appreciate it.
                    I have just started writing for HubPages (well, wrote 40 hubs, which I think here is considered 'just starting') so I'm fine with starting over.
                    And I'm quite sure that I know which hubs caused the trouble. I will just leave them out in my new account.
                    Thanks again.

          3. thisisoli profile image56
            thisisoliposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            The sandbox means you are moved to supplemental results, your site wont be indexed  in the main search results and will only be delivered if google cannot find anything in the main index.

            Sites are getting hit by algorithmic changes and manual link abuse actions right now.

        2. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You'll still get some Google traffic on individual hubs.  And your stuff will not necessarily drop from sight altogether.  Some hubs may still rank fairly high too.

                                           http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6186572.jpg

          1. lobobrandon profile image84
            lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Ya the same ones are ranking high, but they were ranking for multiple keywords and now the number of keywords they're ranking for had decreased! All the keywords were related btw no flukes :0

  6. Hollie Thomas profile image61
    Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago

    I also lost around 80% of traffic but not in the last few days. I believe it was both the Panda and the penguin that choked me to death. The loss is definitely from Google.com. However, I don't think I've been sand boxed because my non-recipe hubs made a recovery and are receiving traffic from Google.com. Who knows?

  7. LeanMan profile image80
    LeanManposted 5 years ago

    The hubs that I have lost traffic on in the last couple of days still have the same SERPS position but there are now a couple of paid adverts in the top two slots of googles little list, the blue is now so faint on their adverts that they look like normal results so I guess that is why I am getting less views there!!

    1. lobobrandon profile image84
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      True. I lost rankings as well as more ads = double disaster! Which was once ranked #2 is now #5 and thanks to 3 ads (2 more added recently) it seems like its #8 rather than #3(with 1 ad)

  8. TahoeDoc profile image99
    TahoeDocposted 5 years ago

    Me too. Each google update/algo change, my traffic actually increased. Until now. I have lost 50% or more of my views, going from a high of 1500 a day to 750. My usual weekend decrease is usually only about 200 or 300 off and it recovers very quickly by Tuesday.

    My decline has been steady since June 2, as best I can pinpoint. It is dramatic and continues to fall further each day.

    http://tahoedoc.hubpages.com/hub/Hub-Vi … Experience is a hub I started when my views inexplicably climbed earlier this year. I have updated it to reflect the drop recently. Sigh.

  9. Paul Edmondson profile image
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    Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years ago

    This time of year is a seasonally low time, so that makes it a little tougher to tell what's changing.  We did see some unusually large movements up and down for some of the rankings data we track this weekend. 

    This is a little bit unusual. We saw a few high volume terms move down and back up between Friday and Sunday.  Those can have a significant impact on an accounts traffic.

    Although our internal data shows some pretty big change in rankings up and down, traffic as a whole is slightly down.  This could be seasonality. 

    In the past, Panda updates haven't had major terms fluctuate quickly.  I guess this could be a new flavor or perhaps another algo change.  So far, I haven't seen an announcement from Google on an official update.

    1. Pamela N Red profile image90
      Pamela N Redposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Every summer we see this; kids are out of school, people are outside more and online less and most vacations happen in the summer months it's why gas prices and air fares rise.

      Wait until the fall and you'll all be ecstatic about how much traffic you are getting. It fluctuates, just keep writing and it'll pick back up.

    2. ktrapp profile image91
      ktrappposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Just curious, what do you mean by major terms or high-volume terms?

  10. lobobrandon profile image84
    lobobrandonposted 5 years ago

    Hope it's not a new skunk update!

    1. TahoeDoc profile image99
      TahoeDocposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      They do like black and white animals, so that sounds about right to me.

      1. lobobrandon profile image84
        lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Ya plus this one stinks!

  11. BWD316 profile image86
    BWD316posted 5 years ago

    This happened to me last week too! To make it worst I had my best traffic days, thanks to someone sharing my hub on Facebook, just before and now for the last few days can barely get 20 views a day! I use to get majority of my traffic from Google now I only get one or two hits

  12. TheMagician profile image95
    TheMagicianposted 5 years ago

    There's definitely something weird going on as of late. I hope we can all pull through, because this isn't fun.

  13. Daughter Of Maat profile image97
    Daughter Of Maatposted 5 years ago

    I'm hardly getting any traffic from google. Maybe 20 hits per day. I was getting like 100 or more from google.

    Now my traffic is almost none. I went from 100 (maybe 150, it was building) to 20 (maybe 30) views perday. This is so frustrating and it makes writing almost no fun now.

  14. Paul Edmondson profile image
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    Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years ago
    1. wordscribe43 profile image94
      wordscribe43posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Interesting...  That says the update was Friday, but my account tanked on Wednesday, June 6th.  Anyone else's traffic bomb on the 6th?

      1. TheMagician profile image95
        TheMagicianposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Not here -- mine started Friday.

      2. Judi Bee profile image88
        Judi Beeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        My niche site sank on Wednesday, but HubPages traffic has bombed over the weekend - more than a usual weekend drop.

        1. Judi Bee profile image88
          Judi Beeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          That should be "my" Hubpages traffic - not suggesting everyone's did!

          1. Mark Ewbie profile image83
            Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Too late.  I just deleted everything and signed up with MumsNet.

            Bother.

            1. Judi Bee profile image88
              Judi Beeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Oh no!  Me and my big cursor!

              1. Mark Ewbie profile image83
                Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                It's OK.

                I lied.

                1. Judi Bee profile image88
                  Judi Beeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Ha!  Behind that mild expression lies a devilish mind, I see!

                  1. Mark Ewbie profile image83
                    Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Just funning.  But maybe you are right.  I should get a more evil looking avatar.

      3. BWD316 profile image86
        BWD316posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        My traffic plummeted on wed June 6th as well!

  15. janderson99 profile image86
    janderson99posted 5 years ago

    New Theory - Stale Subs get Downgraded
    Google applies a freshness test to Subs
    If there are few or no new articles being added to the sub - Its Goodbye and Thanks
    Evidence for this => 'success'   \/  tanked
    Other evidence = none
    Just Blame it on the Boogie!

    1. wordscribe43 profile image94
      wordscribe43posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I've wondered about that myself.  I've been really busy lately and haven't published a hub in a while.

  16. Paul Edmondson profile image
    90
    Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years ago

    There appears to be a stronger freshness bias in the algo, although it's hard to see a pattern.  One thing that is clear, video continues to get more visibility.

    1. WriteAngled profile image92
      WriteAngledposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, I've noticed that video crap, together with paid advertisements, now elbows out any potentially useful search results from Google.

      Fortunately, Google Scholar remains untainted, but for general searches I have now been forced to move to other providers.

      I really cannot see the attraction of blurred webcam rubbish accompanied by a stumbling voiceover in some semi-comprehensible local accent and spoken at about one tenth of the rate at which I would read the same information.

      Furthermore, video does not allow me to skim the information for relevance (it takes just a few second to assess that for a written document). I also cannot extract potentially useful information without taking laborious notes by hand and then typing them up, whereas with a written document I can copy-paste.

      I suppose I am one of a dying breed who actually hopes to find real, useful information on the web rather than infotainment.

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image83
        Mark Ewbieposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I am 100% with you on this.  I like videos for music and jugglers, and porn obviously.

        For pretty much everything else I want to use my scan reading skills and make a decision based on that.

        Nothing fills me with more desire to back arrow than "check out the whatever at 2 minutes and 30 seconds...."

        1. WriteAngled profile image92
          WriteAngledposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I hit the back button immediately I land on a page with a video, unless I have deliberately chosen to go to it because I want to view a video of some music, etc.

      2. lrohner profile image86
        lrohnerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        +1

  17. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 5 years ago

    One has to wonder if 'G' realizes, tis the little blogger's carrying their 'customer ad's' all over the internet tongue hmm

  18. janderson99 profile image86
    janderson99posted 5 years ago

    New Summary from the Google Webmaster Academy (22 May 2012)
    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot. … ademy.html

    "Would you trust the information in this article?
    Is the article useful and informative, with content beyond the merely obvious? Does it provide original information, reporting, research, or analysis?
    Does it provide more substantial value than other pages in search results?
    Would you expect to see this in a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?
    Is your site a recognized authority on the subject?"

    A very tough ask!

    1. WriteAngled profile image92
      WriteAngledposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, I do feel I meet those criteria in much of what I produce. I have demonstrated research skills (PhD). In my previous employment, I was considered to have presentation skills satisfactory to result in me being invited to make both specialist and non-specialist presentations to the European Commission, UK Home Office, numerous international conferences, as well as schools, clubs and discussion groups.

      I was also called on frequently to ensure the scientific integrity and stylistic quality of material published by my organisation.

      A lot of what I publish here and elsewhere, is based on exhaustive analysis of the scientific and other academic literature, which I then present in a form that can be understood by lay people.

      Given that I have written extensively for printed publications in the past, yes, I do consider that much of what I write is suitable for a printed magazine, encyclopaedia or book.

      However, I continue to get pitiful views and earnings. What I earn for my online writing in a month, I can earn in 15-30 minutes in my real job of freelance medical translator. 

      On the basis of my experience, I am of the opinion that the spoilt children at Google at talking out of their communal backside.

      1. janderson99 profile image86
        janderson99posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Especially when the SERPS do not showcase their own criteria.
        Google => Do what I say, not what I do!

        + this  http://www.webpronews.com/google-panda- … my-2012-05

        "I do find it interesting that in the new lists, Google talks about the site being a recognized authority, but not so much from the author perspective. I have no doubt that Google considers this greatly, but it’s a little odd that it wasn’t included here. Goog, of course, has been pushing authorship in search results, even using it to promote Google+ profiles. It does provide the author with greater visibility in search results by default (with visual, clickable images). "

        1. janderson99 profile image86
          janderson99posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          + Being cynical one could argue that behind the scenes Google is building its Semantic Search model and its database of answers. The process is essentially to steal stuff, rewrite it and present it directly in the SERPS (SIRI + HAL on steroids), with a reference list of links - It cuts out the middleman. Google wants a better quality sieve so it doesn't compile garbage.

 
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