Loss of Revenue and Traffic - It's Not Just Us

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  1. thejeffriestube profile image61
    thejeffriestubeposted 11 years ago

    Dear HubPages,
            A significant number of folks that write for your website have experienced a75-90% loss in traffic and revenue. Therefore, YOU have lost a significant amount of money in the last week. The reports are widespread, as far as traffic goes. All I ask is that you acknowledge that you are aware something is going on, and that you are as confused as we are, but are analyzing the situation.
            While HubPages may own the platform, and may represent the 'body", we writers are the blood that continues to pump, day in and day out. Your blood pressure is very high right now.

    1. Doodlehead profile image47
      Doodleheadposted 11 years agoin reply to this


    2. Shanna11 profile image75
      Shanna11posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Genetically I have abnormally low blood pressure, so I hope you don't mind if I exclude myself from that last paragraph.

      1. David 470 profile image81
        David 470posted 11 years agoin reply to this


  2. kekesolis profile image63
    kekesolisposted 11 years ago

    Hubpages (at least it seems to me) answers alot more on facebook than here on this site. From what I've seen no one has addressed this there. Maybe that would help at least to get a response.

    1. David 470 profile image81
      David 470posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I wish HubPages would respond more.

  3. ThePracticalMommy profile image87
    ThePracticalMommyposted 11 years ago

    Good morning!

    I think this was addressed by HubPages, just not in one of their announcement threads. Paul Edmondson let us know what HP is doing in this thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/104227 . They're working on whatever it was that dropped our traffic, which they think may have been two major changes that were made to the site.

    It's probably going to take a few more days for things to be back to 'normal'. I am already seeing my traffic increasing in the past two days, even if it is a little at a time.

  4. cleaner3 profile image70
    cleaner3posted 11 years ago

    Loss of traffic... hmmm. you just noticed.... this site has been losing traffic for a while .. The poetry writers have seen this for a while .. Now the persons who write about how to make strawberry jam are losing traffic ..or what is the best kind of soup to eat on a cold day . ?   Ha,ha,ha, .. maybe we should make this a comedy site.?

  5. Doodlehead profile image47
    Doodleheadposted 11 years ago

    It won't be a comedy when they can't sell the business to anybody ..........................maybe Google wanted to buy it but with too much traffic it would have been too expensive so they decided to wipe out its value so they could get it on the cheap.

    1. profile image0
      Ethan Greenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      haha I reckon you might just be right:-)

    2. profile image0
      Ethan Greenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      haha I reckon you might just be right:-)

  6. LucidDreams profile image62
    LucidDreamsposted 11 years ago

    Whats being called by webmasters was the Google Panda 20 algo update. Once again getting jrdered by that dang Panda. Makes me sick to keep working and everytime you see the light, it starts to disappear again.

  7. quotations profile image85
    quotationsposted 11 years ago

    The thing I am curious about is this: all of the recent Google algorithm changes have resulted in less traffic for Hubpages, and pretty much every other site that I am aware of. They have certainly hit my own sites hard. This latest change knocked my daily hubpage views down by about 70 percent, on top of the earlier loss of about 50 percent.

    But if Hubpages and other sites have lost so much traffic, which sites are benefiting? From a SEO perspective, I would like to know what they are doing right that we are doing wrong. Perhaps we can "borrow" some ideas.

    Does anyone know of any sites that have actually seen a substantial increase in traffic as a result of the google algorithm changes?

    1. profile image0
      Ethan Greenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      larger authority sites. older sites. sites that pay for keywords. you may notice that for some searches you can find multiple pages for the same website in the top few results

    2. theraggededge profile image95
      theraggededgeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      My Squidoo traffic is up by 1000 per week while HP has halved. I have single lenses that garner more traffic in a day than 65 hubs do in total sad

      However, my top referrer (to hubs) is still Google, so I have no idea why the traffic has dropped, as the hubs are still appearing in good positions in search results.

      1. sabrebIade profile image80
        sabrebIadeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        My top referrer is Google as well.
        BUT...in a few cases I am seeing Bing close in on Google big time.
        I have really begun to lean more towards looking at Bing rather than Google as a traffic source, even though Google is still number one (on paper at least).

        1. theraggededge profile image95
          theraggededgeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I just hate it that one website/company (Google) has the power to affect everything I do online! I hope you are right, and that other search engines will begin to nibble away at Google's dominance.

  8. jimmythejock profile image82
    jimmythejockposted 11 years ago

    For the first time in months I am actually seeing an increase in traffic instead of a slow spiral downward, although stil no where near the point I was at when Panda first hit, over the past week my visitor count has jumped up by around 40-50%.....jimmy

    1. quotations profile image85
      quotationsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I too had been seeing an increase in traffic recently, though nowhere near to where I was before the Panda update. Now this recent dropped killed has wiped out all the gains and then some. Glad to here that you have not been impacted too badly Jimmy

  9. brakel2 profile image72
    brakel2posted 11 years ago

    Not funny

  10. brakel2 profile image72
    brakel2posted 11 years ago

    My comment was addressed to an earlier post.  Sorry

  11. crazyhorsesghost profile image70
    crazyhorsesghostposted 11 years ago

    It depends on what you write on or about. Right now I have the best traffic and revenue I have had in quite a while. I always do well in the fall of the year. Writing evergreen content is very important. A lot of people seem to miss that.

    It's important that you write on subjects that are going to be as popular three to five years from now as they are now. Right now I have over 11,000 page views in the last 24 hours. Most of it from people looking for one thing.

    Figure out what that one thing is and write about it. No I'm not going to tell you.

    Good luck to everyone.

    1. David 470 profile image81
      David 470posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I wish I could find more evergreen topics, but a lot of them seem to bring in significantly less traffic than popular topics. I have had hubs that went up to 1000s of views and then dropped off. I would not consider them "temporary popular topics", but they were not fully evergreen topics either because the views would drop off by 50% then to 75% or so.

      1. brakel2 profile image72
        brakel2posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        i believe you are right. I have read more about the Panda, and it was a big thing and not a little EMD.  Webmasters are very upset. They think Google has too much authority, and it sounds like there could be action against Google. Maybe it's just talk. It's not fair for Google to ruin people financially without telling folks who write what they want. We need to find out more info. Maybe you could check into it a little more, since you have a technical mind..

    2. cleaner3 profile image70
      cleaner3posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I would say that you have fund your " niche" or should I say your recipe for success.

  12. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 11 years ago

    Google is a private company, they  are obliged to make money only for their shareholders,


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