Okay, I spoke to soon on the Panda and Indexing thread. Traffic IS really bad today, lowest views I've seen this year. Very low earnings yesterday. I hope it's because this is such a lovely weekend. Let us pray.
Yes, I've been trying to get used to these fluctuations in traffic. I started in the spring last year, so my first summer here I was new and didn't have hardly any traffic anyway. Then my traffic started getting good sometime near the end of last year, I think. It's dropped a bit in the summer and, I admit, I started to worry. But I've been reading on the forums that it's fairly normal for traffic to drop in the summer.
Yes, NateB11, you're right. I started end of last summer, saw traffic go up at end of year, so not much to compare it to either. So I will sit tight through this summer reality check.
Don't get too discouraged, Nicole, it won't last forever. We hubbers use the forums to vent, not to declare a death sentence. Hang in there, it will get better as the fall season approaches. Start writing and building your foundation of quality articles now. Welcome to HubPages.
I sure hope so haha, I'm a pretty impatient person and seeing the lack of views makes me sad. Plus I'm not too sure if I want to promote my work on social media to people I actually know in person (being shy has way too many disadvantages) so that probably slows things down too.
It is summer time, vacation time, soon go back to school time. Week-ends always seem to be bad for traffic, especially during summer and nice weather. I usually see traffic pick up around September, October til after the holidays, then back at traffic dropping again. Traffic is bad everywhere.
Thanks, LindaSmith1. I will stop hyperventilating now. I haven't been here a year yet so this is my first time getting a possible taste of Panda, coupled with the summer months. It's all good, I'm confident this too shall pass.
Unless Google is relentlessly and deliberately out to destroy user-generated content sites, I'm hoping that whatever fluctuations we're seeing will eventually even out and stabilize - maybe the day will come when traffic trends are gradual (and make more sense, and can better be relied on) rather than the jerky peaks & valleys we keep seeing. I'm sure the glory days of the Pre-Panda era won't return, but something less than crazy would be so welcome.
"Unless Google is relentlessly and deliberately out to destroy user-generated content sites..."
I expect YouTube and Blogger are OK. Funny that.
Do you remember, after the first Panda, there was an interview with Matt Cutts of Google, where he said they were out to get "content farms". One of the interviewers pointed out that Panda was also hurting sites like HubPages - and Matt just looked at him and said something like, yes that's what I'd expect.
Wow. Well, that's good to know, though unfortunate.
Sorry to sound like such a beginner, but what is this Panda everyone keeps talking about?? Thanks in advance
Google and you'll find a lot of information about it. Back in 2011, Google decided to make a major change to the way their search engine worked. It was called the Panda update. The idea was that it would improve search results. It's now an ongoing thing.
I know I only hope I try different postings and different inspirations at a later time to project a better hub score. It'll be good.
It think a lot of us tanked yesterday. Must've been something going on. My views went way low. Lower than I've seen them since I started.
Nine days since this post and things are looking much better. Traffic has doubled this evening compared to a week ago. Let's hope it lasts. I'm optimistic. We need to keep writing and hub hopping.
Is there a way out to traffic falling? Should we just sit back and pray or should we keep writing in the hope that google will have mercy on us
I agree with you Jan, my traffic went through the roof yesterday and is continuing to climb! I have no idea why, but I think the worst is over.
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