Here is a screen shot of the big page view drop I had to deal with last August. I wanted to share this a long time ago, but just recently learned how to do it. Look at the August 25-27 date...down 90% within two days, and I still have never been able to figure out what happened. Views still have not come back anywhere near these figures, nor has my income.
Looks similar to what happened to me in September.
Fascinating! Yes, when I started here I thought everything would grow. Well, sadly the growth has not been progressive thanks to Panda, etc... It saddens me how dramatic the changes have been from a writer's perspective. From an entrepreneurial spirit, I feel the push to hosting your own blog is where Google wants to be but then there is the interrupter called Pinterest.
Out on the water, the jet skis are called mosquitoes which from a blogger's perspective, I consider the Pinterest to be more of a vampire sucking the life out of good content.
When I view Alexa and the traffic out on Pinterest, I see a massive dropoff late September so my vampire theory doesn't hold water.
And the graph of Alexa traffic for HubPages and Pinterest is almost identical in its massive drop off. So this was obviously crafted by Google.
So, this leads me to the ultimate question, who gained the traffic? The individual blogs?
If you take a look at some of the forums where Marisa Wright comments on this issue, you will see that her take is that those views went to new, stand alone websites. Leave it to Father Google to stick it to those of us who have been working for years to gain ranking!
I didn't say they went to NEW standalone websites. I said they went to standalone websites. It's likely that older standalone websites benefitted more than new ones, because they have built their ranking over the years.
Sorry for the misquote...but someone (I thought it was you) has stated that newer sites are doing better than older ones.
wow, you had 1000 views! Its ok, eventhough you didn't have 1000 views now, still at least 200-300 views right? Me? I have 100 views daily. Worst than you.
You are looking at the wrong stats. If you look in the top left corner of the graph, you will see "sessions" which counts how many people looked at your hubs. You need to click on the arrow to get the dropdown menu and choose "page views" to get the actual page views. That is a very different number. That is why people often say that Google and HP have different traffic stats. They don't. Users are comparing different stats.
You need to check your content and share it on some authority sites.
I'm not sure what it is you are trying to say. I AM an authority on the RV lifestyle because I have been living it for more than 50 years! I DO share my work both on G+ and Pinterest. I have tried writing a blog and while many people read it, nobody spent a dime, so I gave it up after six months. I do not like working my butt off for free!
In many instances I am able to give insights that some of those "authority sites" have no clue about because few of them have my background or experience.
Before my views dropped I was getting up to 1200 of them daily and making three figures...now I am lucky to get 200 - 300 and the income, while still there, is much, much less.
So, with regards to your suggestion, I'm guessing I am missing something here and would like you to give me more detail about what you said. At this point, anything would help.
I think Google's latest round needs to be tweeked yet. Your content is good - I have reviewed it. You are not missing anything. I believe Google is headed in a different direction - sadly the direction is away from us.
I don't know but have heard and LindaSmith1 appears to perhaps concur that this push is to move us to our own hosted sites. I find this disconcerting because I find HubPages a wonderful place to learn but maybe HP will only end up being a first chapter for many writers.
I have seen it over and over that people are doing better with their own blogs and sites than they are here on HP. I know that one of my blogs that does not have a lot of content, is doing better than I am on HP.
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