Am wondering if anybody else has gotten reduced page views in the past two weeks. I'm losing about 1000 views plus per day and am wondering if some of this is due to the hurricanes. I always expect a drop in the fall, but this is pretty significant. Anybody?
Just saw it and did check. My three biggest states are CA, TX and FL. The first two dropped slightly but the FL views were cut by more than half! So apparently the hurricane is the problem. I never knew about this feature in GA and am glad to have learned about it. Thanks, Glenn.
Interestingly, yesterdays views jumped almost back to normal, but then people are now returning home and for many life is getting back to normal.
We are still in evacuation mode and plan to stay until we see what Maria might do. She may follow the same track as Irma, and if so, we could taken a second hit! That would be horrible for FL!
You've confirmed my prediction that the cause of traffic lose with AxleAddict is from Florida.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and for my sister (who also lives in Florida), hoping Maria doesn't follow the same track. You have Maria to worry about and I have Jose developing—that may head to New York.
I don't think Jose will hit NY..at least not directly. Maybe just some heavy rain and coastal flooding. Maria, however, could turn into another Irma monster. As I said before,glad I own an RV! Going to sit it out, wait and see.
Yes, Jose looks like it will just turn out into the Atlantic. My sister is gassing up her car today in case they need to evacuate. They're in the Villages. Good luck with Maria. I see there is even another one behind Maria.
These are the only two I have aritcles on too, they are ranking pretty well, though I have 33% of the traffic I had 2 weeks ago. But this is because it's not tomato growing season anymore, in most parts of the globe.
All of my main hubs are on Axleaddict, but there is a great variety of topics there because RV living and travel is such a broad topic. I don't think they qualify as YMYL topics and i have plenty of authority for writing them.
If owning, living in and traveling in RV's for more than 50 years doesn't qualify me, what does? That cannot be what is happening here. a 25% plus drop in readership is significant...although it is the end of the RVing main season now, which would account for some of the drop...but that is a significant number and it concerns me.
It is not just your authority the ranking would be based on. It is the authority of the site as a whole. Just like one article on Healdove written by a credentialed medical expert would be penalized the same as everyone else's article (if AxleAddict is being hit.)
Wow, my chart is way more volatile than yours! I am glad you posted this, because it got me looking back at my statistics. Even though my page views are way down compared to the last couple of months, they are doing well compared to my average views in the past. I am especially happy to see that my Spinditty, Owlcation and Dengarden views are up during this time. It's nice not to have such a large portion of traffic coming from one hub or niche site. I am diversified.
I'm surprised that other people are seeing so many ups and downs. Wilderness and Glenn reckon Axleaddict is fine so it does look like Timetraveler 2 is getting a hurricane effect. But what about the other people reporting huge drops?
It might be that they have newer pages (mine are pretty old and well established). Or that they are talking about a fifty per cent drop as being down from 50 to 25 views a day, something that can happen if you just slip a place or two in the rankings (for any reason at all).
Long ago, in my first year at HP, I saw a months long drop in views and almost dropped the whole idea. And when they came back I resolved to never make that mistake again; traffic is not static. It rises, it falls. Sometimes by the day, sometimes by the week and occasionally by the month. While HP may be large enough to smooth out those bumps, the ones without real cause, no hubber is. It doesn't take an algorithm change to affect traffic for long periods; it just takes an unusual, improbable chance that happens sometimes.
Sometimes there's a reason for a drop - Google, hurricane, eclipse, school's out, holiday, etc.) and sometimes there isn't.
I have three hubs in AxleAddict and did not notice a drop there. Latest check shows a 2% drop, which is within normal fluctuation. I have hubs scattered in 13 vertical niche sites and my major drop is all due to HealDove. The others are holding out.
I have just a few in axleaddict and, like Glenn, have not noticed a drop. I have seen a huge drop in HealDove, though - from several hundred per day to a few dozen. Although only a small percentage of my hubs, the drop was still readily apparent in overall totals.
As online writers, it is our lot in life to be messed with. And it is only going to get worse. Unless one enjoys writing, get out of town. Fortunately, I still enjoy it; especially the bit about contributing to society. The money? Desperately needed. But still consider it just a bonus.
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