Curious about how many writers here have a hard time understanding what Google wants. Are you concerned about Panda and how to deal with dropping views?
Hubs are strange critters. Every time I think one has given up the ghost, it gets a heartbeat again. So, as long as the views keep sporadically trickling in, I guess I'm happy.
I thought it wasn't what Google wants but what fickle people want. It's tricky to stay on top of the "flavor of the month" and know when to strike. Awareness of current trends, top news stories, and such will help.
I don't know what panda is but I understand enough to know that it shifts things around to the point of causing you to lose the momentum you've gained. My views have been good the past couple weeks. I hope it stays that way.
It is what google wants, but part of it is based on what searchers want, and how people (and quality raters) react to websites and pages within websites. Keyword research will help you figure out whats hot, and what is not... Panda is a mechanical/mathematical tool that scans, indexes, and then rants categories of sites, based on content and reader response... indexing is important if you want to be found in search results... you can use your analytical data to check your page stats...
Panda is the name for a test that Google runs once a month over all sites. It assigns a score to each site based on its poorest-quality components. That score then helps determine how high (or low) the site appears in search engine results.
That's why it's so important to make sure that every Hub is the best it can be. If you get careless and publish one or two short, scrappy Hubs, your Panda score will be based on them - not on all the other good Hubs you have! - and that will affect how all your Hubs rank in the search engines.
Here are the guidelines Google put out to explain what Panda is looking for and trying to measure across a site like Hubpages.
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot. … ality.html
It is worth reading those guidelines. Not all of them apply to our particular pages, but they are a useful approach to web writing, forcing us to zero in on what readers want and what visitors are looking for.
I don't think that's a fickle goal at all, although the algorithm is never perfect in reaching that goal. But if you understand what Google search is trying to do -- and agree with the premise that readers and visitors are paramount, which I do -- then you can go down that checklist and consider how your writing can better satisfy readers and visitors, at which point current or future Google algorithms should rank your content higher.*
The secret to search optimization, oddly enough, is to optimize for your human audience.
*Although there's only so much each of us can do with Panda, as it's not rating individual pages, but Hubpages as a whole. Still, if we know what to aim for, and enough of us are doing it, that raises Hubpages' chances to rank well with Panda.
by Marye Audet 6 years ago
So other than the fact that Google has apparently decided I am a crappy writer and my traffic is down from 17k a day to maybe 1600... with a similar decline in income... Do we yet know why this happened? Feeling a little bitter. Have had to take on enough clients that I rarely have time to...
by IzzyM 7 years ago
Big traffic drop from international Googles, especially .co uk. Anyone else?
by StormsHalted 5 years ago
After the alleged Google alogrithim update probably after 10 December my traffic has fallen drastically from more then 150 views per day to 50. Traffic was steadily rising but after 10 dec it suddenly plunged showing no signs of recovery. (hubs have remained unchanged).
by Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago
I am working on my websites, adding content and trying to get them rank high in Google.
by IzzyM 6 years ago
Everyone I know here seems to have their Google traffic back. I don't know about Randy, he hasn't posted recently.I am taking a long hard look at my writing, and I guess it falls at every hurdle, somehow.Yet when I search Google for many topics, I see first page results that I should be able to...
by Scott Biddulph 5 years ago
Hey Guys and Gals, Man, I have just about had it with the traffic issues here at the Hubpages. I have published over 100 hubs here in two years. I have won several awards, I have had over 10, 000 views, and I have a following of over 200 people. When this whole traffic loss debacle first occurred,...
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