I have not been able to deduce the reason for this drop, especially since that Google update was aimed at 'black hat' SEO practices. Looking for suggestions from those more knowledgeable than I. Thanks!
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Helpful suggestions! I've been working on it some and this is confirming.
This is great advice, Klanguedoc. Thanks for sharing and I am going to go back and begin this process.
Also, as seen in some following answers, Google is not liking so many links to other Hubbers in our hubs.
Barbara Kay, thanks for your take on this. So even though it started happening in April, maybe the summer traffic slump started early for my site? Or, are others seeing the slump started in April?
tmbridgeland, wow! Sorry to hear that.
It has picked up a bit. I am now at about half where I was in early June. I can't scream, though. I don't claim to have the very best articles on the web. I have had drops in the past, and they always recovered. I'll just keep working at it.
Ohh, the emphasis on popularity makes some sense out of what happened. Bummer! That's true, I am finding I have to dig dipper, too, to find more relevant information. Thanks for your take on it!
Thanks for this bit of information, Rob! I think I recovered well, though, from Panda. It's the one just this April that I've not seen a full recovery from, yet.
Good to learn of your experience. Yes, Glenn Stok, another hubber with some other sites says they are doing better than his HubPages site. Something about the links at the bottom of each hub to those of other hubbers is what Google seems to not like.
I think links in general is what google is not liking. I have added all kinds of links to my other hubs on my articles. wondering if that has anything to do with the sudden drop in traffic. Will drop all links in most popular and see what happens