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#1 on Google but still traffic is way down

  1. Brie Hoffman profile image66
    Brie Hoffmanposted 3 years ago

    How can my articles still be #1 on a google search and still my numbers are way down what they were.  I could understand if my articles were moved but they haven't been moved.  All of this is driving me crazy.

    1. Maffew James profile image98
      Maffew Jamesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It depends on what keywords you use for the search. Chances are, all your articles still rank for the main keyword or title of the page, but have lost rank on related keywords.

      1. Brie Hoffman profile image66
        Brie Hoffmanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        That could be it, I tried a few different ones and with one set my article was on the second page.  I don't know if this is the case because I have nothing to compare it to.

        1. Maffew James profile image98
          Maffew Jamesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Use the 'search queries' section of Google Webmaster Tools for the best idea of where you rank for certain keywords. It will also show you the main keywords that are driving traffic to your pages, and can even show historical changes. Have a look at keywords and ranking in the weeks before Sept 25, compared to after that date, and you'll see what happened when the Panda update occurred.

          Also, it's true that a Google search is somewhat personalised and if you've shared your own articles on Google Plus, or +1'd them, that's one of the factors that will affect how you see the ranking, even though other people will see it differently. You can use a proxy to get a better idea of how other people see your pages in the results. There are plenty of online tools that can help you do this easily. Search for something like 'google serps checker' and you'll find one of these. Then just choose the country where you want to analyse results, enter your keywords, and it will show you the results.

          1. Brie Hoffman profile image66
            Brie Hoffmanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks Maffew, I'll try that.

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      calculus-geometryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think you understand what "#1 on Google" means.

      Everybody is #1 on Google for some exact phrase match, but if nobody is searching for that sequence of terms, then it doesn't matter what position the hub is.

      Also, your Google search results are personalized and do  not reflect what other people see.   So saying that you are "#1 on Google" with no other details is a pretty meaningless statement and no wonder you are frustrated.

      1. Brie Hoffman profile image66
        Brie Hoffmanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I had 3000 searches a day for one particular article before 9/25 and now it's down to 900 or so.

  2. Buildreps profile image90
    Buildrepsposted 3 years ago

    This is strange indeed, Brie.
    Typing "Bubblews" in Google still shows my article in the 10 first hits. The last 6 months I had tons of traffic because of this, but the last weeks it dropped. I've no explanation at all.

  3. firstday profile image60
    firstdayposted 3 years ago


    Please let me know what is happening once the dust has settled.  I have my thoughts, but they are guesses.  It seems once the merger happened things changed for me.  That is to be expected.  All new grounds for the powers that be.

    I am sitting back until things get back on an even keel.  Until then I am floating on the sea of hub pages.  Fortunately my cargo (number of hubs) is small compared to most all of you.  Hang on soon the storms will pass. 

    I need to turn off the weather channel.  :}

  4. Dressage Husband profile image80
    Dressage Husbandposted 3 years ago

    There is a gradual or rather not so gradual change over to mobile traffic. The mobile traffic is increasing by about 70% year on year and at the end of last year it was at around 25%. I am guessing that with the launch of the new iphone and the start of the college year that even more went that way recently.

    This means that only Hubs that do well on mobile will see their traffic increasing. This is the area where HP had an advantage over Squidoo. With all of the new Hubs that were lenses there will be more competition. I have noticed that I still have ranking for most of my keyword in Google, but we took a major traffic hit when the change of HP servers went so badly.

    There appears to be an increase in the last week or so that is showing in HP's Quantcast figures. We are still not back to the immediate post merger figures, but if the present upward trend continues we will be in about one more week.

    It does not help analysis that we have both North American Thanksgivings Halloween and then Christmas coming up as it is not possible to separate out how much of the rise is due to them and how much to the new servers being properly commissioned now.

    I think we should all try to calm down and wait for the dust of recent events to settle before making any hasty decisions.

    1. makingamark profile image53
      makingamarkposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I'm guessing that those of us who have zero Halloween and Thanksgiving related hubs will be able to tell what the trend is.

      1. Dressage Husband profile image80
        Dressage Husbandposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I would think so, but the holidays will boost overall web traffic to a degree as well.

  5. Hendrika profile image82
    Hendrikaposted 3 years ago

    I agree that we should wait for the dust to settle. Can someone tell me though how one can make your Hubs more mobile friendly. I am from the older generation still battling with the increase of mobile traffic.