I've had pretty consistent earnings for quite some time. Suddenly the last few days the earning have dropped to almost nothing.
Anyone else having an issue with earnings the last few days?
Try being here three years, you'll find your earnings vary widely based on Google algorithm changes, advertiser changes, social media virality, holidays and times of year.
Yes, it's a little frustrating. Being a huge blogging fan and having very good long-term success with blogging, I'm starting to wonder if I should devote much more time at Hubpages. The earnings and visitors have continued to stay low.
My blogs are written in the same basic writing style and they have stayed strong for over 10 years. There have been minor fluctuations but nothing like this.
Although I love to write, It doesn't make sense to continue writing where no one will really reads the Hubs.
My views also took a sudden drop on March 6th. I thought that was before the Panda updated. My view were around 500-600 and then dropped to just over 100 and have stayed there! I thought it was something I did, maybe not. I have gone through Panda and Penguin updates before but never had this drastic a drop. I don't know what to do about it.
Paul Edmondson's recent blog post announced upcoming Google adsense changes. This along with algorithm updates, etc. make it hard to pinpoint exact causes.
Truthfully...I couldn't possibly see a drop in earnings. I'm pretty damned sure they're dropped as low as possible anyway. Thank Heavens $$ is not my reason for doing this. What a disappointed girl I'd be right about now!!......LOL
Yes, I have seen a sizeable dip in residual income (@50%), even though my hit numbers are still doing well. Don't know what is going on, but I don't like it!
Me too. Simone says the earning part is a known factor and will right itself soon.
Between the latest updates from Google and the approaching height of tax season, it's not too surprising that earnings might tank for some people.
I was wondering what was happening I noticed a dip as well. I see this is
happening with most hubbers. I thought it was just my hubs.
I can't tell because it says the same thing it said yesterday. I'm averaging about 3 updates a day, meaning the amount increases in spurts, even though the time keeps changing for stat updates. "Total stats ever" seems to trickle in slightly. It's hard to tell sometimes.
I know, I had to wait 2 months before I could apply for the earnings so when I finally did, I was ecstatic to get my first 8 cents. Then every day it went up, woo hoo! I was 6 cents from my first dollar, what a thrill! Then, like a roller coaster car stopping at the top of the track, it stalled. Ive been at 94 cents for 2 or 3 days... I'm waiting for the payoff... literally.
I look forward to it as well, Beth. I wish you luck.
Thanks Jan, you as well... Ill buy you a cup of coffee when it comes in... but from McDonalds, not Starbucks. Let's be realistic.
It's totally true! It happened to me too. I'm beginning not to like Hubpages now. Maybe I should give it a couple of more months, then call it quit.
I've actually seen increased earnings with St. Patrick's Day and Easter hubs. Just give it some time to build your portfolio.
What is the point in making more hubs if they are at risk of being censored by people working for an outside agency who perhaps could not in the least care about content on this site but are only doing the work for whatever they can earn from it? Even if hubs get through that hurdle, they are at risk of being removed from the search engines just because they are not getting traffic.
I am not willing the risk the 6+ hours it takes me on average to produce a hub only to have it killed in one of these ways.
Write Angled, you should not assume that your problems on this site are also affecting Victoria. If you do not want to write anymore, fine, but many others do not agree with you.
Yeah, I'm not worried about it. Traffic goes up and down, but it seems to come back. I have a lot of hubs, and I just revise the ones that get idled as it happens. The majority do okay. I think we just have to continue to write, revise as needed, and hang in there. :-)
But some others do indeed agree with her, Mark. Just sayin'.
There is not need to be patronising. The censorship problems affect everyone.
Perhaps you do not care if your hubs are removed from public view. It is, however, my impression that a lot of people do care and as a result are no longer willing to invest time and effort on this site.
Dr K Williams (yes, some others of us here have real doctorates)
I was not patronizing. I told you that not everyone agreed with your views. No, the censorship that you bemoan does not affect everyone.
What was the point on the doctorate? Do you want me to bow down to you because you have earned a PhD and I only have a DVM?
I think part of the secret, if there is one, is to write about content that is widely of searchable interest in many commonly related topics. I also believe you have to have a lot of interesting hubs that would be commonly searchable. I don't make a lot every month, but I make something. And I use this site as a practice ground to write. I've never had any of my hubs removed, but I don't write about material that I think would ever be censored either. I just find it takes a lot of time and work. I love to read what people write, that's the other part of the fun being involved with people who have the passion to write and share ideas. I would love to be the person who makes a consistent figure on a monthly basis.
There are several reasons that hubs don't get traffic. What I'm talking about is a dramatic decrease for no apparent reason. The image above is small glimpse of what is happening when you look at it in Google Webmaster Tools. This drop in traffic of course also resulted in a dramatic change in earnings.
This is just what mine Google Analytics looks like too! I don't know what happened on the 6th, but it kicked me pretty hard. Views are slowly, very slowly, coming back up. It's very depressing. Took the "wind out of my sails" for a few days. I decided to go back to tweaking all my hubs before I write any new ones and then see what happens. Hopefully our views will continue to climb.
I hope that works for you, sgbrown. I was really frustrated with what happened on the 6th because I didn't add any hubs since last year. I spent the whole of January editing my hubs, hoping that doing so will further increase my traffic. But it did the opposite. The traffic on my main account decreased by 60%.
Hmmm, makes me wonder a little bit. I havent written a new hub in almost a month as I have been tweaking all my hubs trying to make sure they are at their best. Since you were doing the same things, I wonder if this had some tpye of impact on our views? I wish I could read Google's mind! Let's just hope the views come back quickly!
flash167, it seems we share the same experience. I can see a similar graph in my account and it also happened on March 6. I thought it was the panda update, but apparently it wasn't (the month of March has been wild, with a lot of changes in the SERPs being reported, many of which are linked to Panda). My earnings dropped dramatically. On my other account, I was getting around 3k views a day, and after whatever it is that happened on March 6, my views went down to about 1k. It really is frustrating, considering that I have been doing pretty well on that account for months, then my traffic tanks with a blink of an eye.
My views were doing well but are now down 40 per cent. I know the site itself is doing well. I need to check for stolen articles. Congrats to those who are on the upside
This is something I would also recommend to others. After my traffic went down, I checked if the hubs on my main account were copied elsewhere. And I'm glad I did. I have filed close to 100 DMCA complaints over the past two weeks, and more will be coming. It helps that google is very responsive about such complaints; most of the URLs I asked to be removed are now gone.
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