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It seems as if I've been hit by Fred

  1. hclpd profile image94
    hclpdposted 10 months ago

    The hubs that used to get 50-100 visits a day are down to 10-20 now. While most of the hubs have not been hit as hard, others have. Have you been affected by the update, too? What do you suggest to recover from it?

    1. Engelta profile image73
      Engeltaposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      I am experiencing a hard hit, as most of my hubs won't get featured, or as soon as I get all of my hubs featured, the other day some of them will get the sign of "not featured because of traffic". It is driving me crazy. My views fluctuate a lot as well, but I can say they are constant somehow, as their margin of change is 100-200 views per day, but overall the amount is almost the same. Still, not as good as it was a couple months ago, not to mention that a year ago things were much much better. Things like this, do take a troll on you, and it is difficult some days to keep the spirit up and keep working on them. However, I am not giving up.

    2. Millionaire Tips profile image93
      Millionaire Tipsposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      You might want to see if your hub has been plagiarized and is now ranking higher than yours.

      1. hclpd profile image94
        hclpdposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        I've checked. No plagiarism.

    3. Sherry Hewins profile image97
      Sherry Hewinsposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Certainly plenty of us who write on health topics have been hit by Fred. My top article is getting less than 25% of the traffic it was getting before.

      1. Bedbugabscond profile image98
        Bedbugabscondposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        He writes about games, TV and Movies. I don't think that's a YMYL, so it's a little surprising.

        HCLPD, when was the last time you edited your articles. There are lots of them with no bio or copyright notice. You might also think about changing the layout. With mobile use on the rise, a lot of users prefer a straight line format. Full-width photos and polls are often better. You can go into your hub and see what it looks like for mobile users, or full width your capsules.

    4. sallybea profile image100
      sallybeaposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      It is so disappointing, earnings and traffic.  I had just got to the stage where I could rely on a monthly payment from HubPages and BOOM!!  Now I am having to look at other ways to make up that income.

  2. mattforte profile image91
    mattforteposted 10 months ago

    This happens every time Google makes a big move.
    "Panda". "Penguin". "Fred".

    Every single time, views tank. Every single time, people flock here talking about how their views tanked.
    Then they pick back up. Until next time.

    1. NateB11 profile image93
      NateB11posted 10 months agoin reply to this


  3. janshares profile image97
    jansharesposted 10 months ago

    Yes, I've been hit. There has been much talk in the forums about it. Some steps have been taken by HP to remedy, but for the most part, we are in wait and see mode. Some of the veteran hubbers have a lot of insight about it, quite helpful in presenting the reality of the situation.

    1. Athlyn Green profile image97
      Athlyn Greenposted 10 months agoin reply to this


  4. Dean Traylor profile image94
    Dean Traylorposted 10 months ago

    There's no denying it, the hit has been staggering, to say the least. My traffic has fallen drastically. However, if I recall, this happened about this time last year. During first four months of 2016, traffic was down before shooting way up in May.
    Still, this year is far lower than I expected. So it's hard to say how much traffic will return, considering that the Fred updates (if that's the culprit) and a natural decrease of traffic will have a profound effect in the future.

  5. Jan Saints profile image87
    Jan Saintsposted 10 months ago

    And it looks like Fred has arrived at PetHelpful. One of my hubs on this site has lost 40% of traffic in the last three days! sad

    Anyone else seeing a drop in his/her PetHelpful hub(s)?

  6. Nell Rose profile image92
    Nell Roseposted 10 months ago

    I have gone slightly back up, but then I go back down with a woomp!

    1. Jean Bakula profile image97
      Jean Bakulaposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      I'm way down too.

  7. Will Apse profile image94
    Will Apseposted 10 months ago

    I'm not looking at huge losses anywhere except healdove.  Around 10-20 per cent down on the other niches. Not good but not the end of the world.

    Some of my newer/updated articles are picking up pace, which is encouraging.

  8. NateB11 profile image93
    NateB11posted 10 months ago

    When I re-examined how my accounts are doing, my traffic isn't that bad - a slight drop but building up again - but it's my earnings that tumbled more. Which, as I think was pointed out, is somewhat normal this time of year.

    1. hclpd profile image94
      hclpdposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      I'm facing pretty much the same issue. Traffic has taken a small hit, but the earnings are way down. When do you think it will pick up?

      1. NateB11 profile image93
        NateB11posted 10 months agoin reply to this

        Somebody said that things pick back up in May, but I can't really remember when they pick up again.

  9. FatFreddysCat profile image99
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 months ago


    I never liked Fred.

    1. profile image41
      Kamikamiposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      He is awesome, you dont know nothing :p

  10. meloncauli profile image97
    meloncauliposted 10 months ago

    I have a few hubs on Healdove. I was making at least a dollar a day. Now I am making about 1.5 dollars a week. Feel like all my hard work was in vain. It's worse than pre Healdove.

  11. makingamark profile image51
    makingamarkposted 10 months ago

    Traffic and earnings are two different things

    earnings can be down because of lower traffic or because the payout rate from the advertisers is lower.

    That's where Amazon can prove its worth if you've got a hub with a highly targeted audience - you don't need a lot of traffic if you're getting the right traffic and using Amazon for something very relevant that prompts a "buy"

  12. GiftsByDiana profile image39
    GiftsByDianaposted 10 months ago

    Up and down and lately more down - I guess this might be why  sad
    I don't have the time to mess with it so it has to be okay sooner or later I hope  smile