I'm guessing it's because school started this week, but today my page views have taken a drastic drop. They have been cut by more than half...is this happening to anybody else?
Mine didn't drop that far, but they did drop by about a third.
Yes, my views are suddenly dropped by more than half today--no warning, no reason that I know of. How do you know where to look to see what the problem is?
There was a Panda refresh Monday 20th:
http://searchengineland.com/google-pand … 9-1-131284
My traffic reduced to almost nothing yesterday but is now picking up again. I find Panda sometimes produces a temporary traffic crash which quickly recovers again (rather than a more permenant traffic reduction ie a penalty).
Hope yours comes back too!
Thanks Rik. That is very helpful. I knew there had to be something. I think that is it in my case, but I guess time will tell. When Google punishes you- do you ever figure out why?
I never did work out why Laura - but my drop lasted around 5-6 weeks. Drop and recovery coincided with Google algorithm changes. I didn't do anything different, either before, during or after, so who knows?
Thanks for sharing Rik, i did not know much about panda etc. Seems 2 of my hubs were hit too.
yes not much in a day anyway so now it's half of not much.
No. What I have noticed since I swopped to the new profile is that there has been an increase in my vies - about 60. All of this comes from hubpages not from Google or other search engines.
I have also noticed some changes. Maybe it is something to do with yet another Google Panda update. If anyone knows how we can ensure that our traffic is high, please let me know as I would be interested in changing my working methods to keep up my rankings.
My views took a big drop starting about one month ago. At that time easily getting 300 views per day, but now I'm doing good if I get 200 views a day. That's not very good for a total of 94 hubs!! No strange drop in views today.
About a month ago, over a period of about a week, my views dropped drastically from over 500 views per day to below a hundred. My earnings too went down like the Titanic.
Then I read in a forum that summaries should not contain any phrases from the first paragraph or the conclusion, or any text copied from the Hub. So for the last few days I have been editing the summaries for every Hub (using my browser's search feature) to make them "uniquely worded", and also quite short, leaving at least 300 characters remaining. It's hard to keep the summaries short but very descriptive of the essence of each Hub. Without considering any key words mentioned in title, description or conclusion I write fresh content for each summary answering the question: What is this Hub really about in under 200 characters?
And guess what? My views have picked up. Today they were back to over 350 a day. I am hoping that by the time I finish editing all the summaries my views will be back to normal.
It's lovely to see so many red triangles on my account's page.
For a bl..dy change!
You visiting all the Hubs that weren't getting traffic can trigger the red triangles.
Also, all my summaries are original text, not copied from the Hub content (never have been) and I'm seeing traffic go down on things that still are holding a page one, 1-5 SERP slot on Google.
People are taking their last summer vacations, students are heading to school, things are going to bounce around a lot until we get past Labor Day.
I hope you're right, relache. I'm seeing a steady growth the last couple of weeks - if it really is vacation time I should see a nice big jump shortly.
I just celebrated my ten year anniversary as a writer-editor over at BellaOnline (wow, yeah... A content site has survived that long!) and it's a pattern I've seen at the end of every summer since I started. So I don't see why that would change all that drastically now...
Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! Quite an achievement!
Hope you are right about the traffic as my most successful subdomain took a dive this week, but only back to where it was a couple of weeks ago - last week it saw a phenomenal rise, but that might have to do with a certain TV show in the US.
All except for one hub that is now seeing double figures instead of treble. According to Analytics it got over 600 unique views yesterday, yet my share is only about 80??
Another subdomain that has been hit before, took another hit - down to 4 Google views.
Somehow the overall loss of traffic seems worse than it really is, probably.
Relache: I'm glad you posted this because this was my thinking, also. However, there was a Panda update on Aug 20, so this may be affecting things as well. I'd really like it better if it was the back to school thing, though...that's much easier to swallow!!
Rather think it's Google's damn bear. Yahoo, Bing and HubPages views are consistent but Google.com, .ca and .co.uk have disappeared. Not a one. What's more, pages that were ranking on Monday have also disappeared from Google's index. Last time it took about six weeks to return to normal.
Yes exactly. Google.com, uk, ca all zero. Me too. My pages are totally in the dark. My best hub getting steadily 80-100 views per day for months and zero now for several days. Not a normal fluctuation. If it comes back on its own great but it's concerning it seems to have disappeared.
One of my accounts has had the withdrawal Google love again, so I can sympathise. Actually this one lost it over a year ago and it has never returned.
But one of my other subdomains has lost its Google traffic according to HP, but it is still there according to Analytics.
This is really beginning to bug me now. I can see them getting loads of hits, but HP isn't registering them, and yes it has hit me in the pocket now.
I have emailed staff, and now we are into the weekend don't expect a reply before at least the middle of next week.
The hubs in question are still showing as being #1 or #2 on Google for their keywords too.
Izzy, you're not getting conflicting views due to slide show views, are you? HP separates them out, but unless you instruct analytics to do so they get included in a particular hub (depending on what kind of search you use).
No, the slide views are reported separately. If I'd added them there would be hundreds more hits.
Just yesterday I added those hubs as channels in Adsense, and yes they are getting way more hits than HP is reporting.
So I just took HP ads off, and I am seeing Google clicks!!
That kinda surprised me, because the ads are terrible.
I also emailed team yesterday, but don't expect a reply this week, and I've already had 4/5 days of reduced views and earnings from them. I didn't think earnings were affected at first, but they are
I also have seen a decrease in traffic though the hubs are still holding the same spot in the search engines. I assumed the same thing, internet traffic overall is lower.
I'm a newbie with only 32 hubs, but did notice a slight drop in the last two days. Interesting how traffic flows, but it does make sense.
My traffic (which has never been anything to really brag about) is actually on the up swing this week. I'm not sure why but I'm certainly not complaining.
I have gone from 600-1000 views a day down to 250 a day. Biggest drop I have seen since being here.
Also my hubs are now buried when I search on google.
Discouraging and frustrating. I am hoping traffic will bounce back soon.
My traffic has bounced right back from 20% of normal back to more or less 'normal' in 24 hours. Some hubs now have much more traffic and some less but overall I don't think I've lost out. Overall my traffic level is now more or less stable, ie no major increases or decreases between stat updates.
I've been posting in the other forum about the traffic sources glitch because at the same time my traffic dropped my sources page went into the negatives. My traffic dropped off 3 days ago to about 5% of what it was. My hubs are in the dark on google. Even though they are indexed and no warnings on webmaster tools, my hubs have zero traffic from google still today. I can't find them when searching my hub title or first paragraph. I can only see them in google if I use the hub URL or my profile URL. They are all there but somehow not searchable. I guess there was a panda update, but for every other update I rode it out without a glitch. Glad to see some traffic is returning to others so maybe there is hope.
I have exactly the same scenario. My traffic nosed dived three days ago and all I have is blue triangles with no explanation other than the recent Panda update, (there is a link to learn more about it earlier in the thread). I have never had this happen before.
It's definitely weird that I can put my hub title into google and NOT have my hub show up, but I can enter the URL into google and there it is. To me this doesn't seem to be related to a low page rank, it's just not there. Not 1 person has found my hub on google in days.
Hmm. That does seem strange. I can find my hubs, they are just pages back from where they were. I too have several hubs that have had no google traffic in days.
Does that mean they have de-indexed some of our hub?
From 1:00 PM on, HP time, my traffic has done a major crash and burn. I sooo love Fridays...
Up, Down, Up, Down. It's like doing continuous squats. Sometimes, there's no getting back up for days! LOL! The bad news? I'm getting used to it!
Yeah, I only had like 40 views today. Not 40 per hub, 40 total. I was not happy.
You have too take a real long term view on your traffic. I mean 12 months at a time long term view.
Your traffic for your hubs will always ebb down and flow up constantly over a year. Also depending on the type of niche hubs you have, you may find the traffic on them spikes up dramatically or down. These reasons are;
Start of seasons (people are outdoors more in summer, more indoors in winter)
School & College terms
Search engine updates (everyday, every week, every month)
Trends for certain topics
Evergreen topics really have a life of 3-5 years (ie. if you don't update your hub in that time)
Other reasons that don't pop into mind for now.
A good philosophy to have using HubPages or any similar writing endeavor is life being a captain on a ship, ask for calm weather, yet always expect to ride out storms.
I've definitely gotten used to the ups and downs on a normal basis. Just concerned that I can't even find my own hubs in Google. Zero is a bit different than 100-200 hits per day.
Yesterday was my lowest traffic day since 2007.
I'm just about to let my HubPages run on autopilot and see how hard they crash into the ground.
I mean seriously...in 2010-2011 I was getting 10,000 to 14,000 hits a day and now I am struggling for 1000?
Really what is the point?
great example sabreblade. you obviously draw a lot of visitors and wouldn't without quality content so the fact that you've been hit this hard is wrong.
I feel your pain. This profile tanked about 2 weeks ago (not for the first time, but it's the worst dip I've experienced). Today is my lowest traffic day ever.
According to Quantcast, HubPages traffic took a 15% dive yesterday.
1K a day? Shoot, I do a little happy dance if I get 200 a day.
I know and I would dearly LOVE for all my fellow Hubbers to get 1000+ hits a day...I really would.
But you see what I mean about dropping from 14,000 to 1,000 right?
Were I getting 1000 back then...I would have nothing now.
I saw an increase in google traffic this past week, and yesterday was surprisingly decent for a Friday. I don't know if it has anything to do with it, but I noticed my subdomain PR went up a notch in early Aug., and I updated to the new profile last weekend.
Melis Ann - Read the section titled "Initial Test for a Penalty" in this article: http://www.ksl-consulting.co.uk/google_penalty.html Even though it's old, it's written in fairly simple terms and it may help to explain what you are experiencing.
Thanks for that link! I've actually been to webmaster tools and no penalties are present and it lists my site as indexed.
Thank you lrohner for attaching the link:
http://www.ksl-consulting.co.uk/google_penalty.html. I checked this out and strangely enough, several warning links come up to hubs that I never commented on, such as http://cocopreme.hubpages.com/hub/cocktail-drink-ideas. There is another link to some calendar that I have no idea how it is related to me as a hubber or my hubs. These are just two of five questionable links associated with my domain. Any ideas of how to get rid of them?
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