Any ideas why my traffic dropped 20% since the April Penguin update?
I have not been able to deduce the reason for this drop, especially since that Google update was aimed at 'black hat' SEO practices. Looking for suggestions from those more knowledgeable than I. Thanks!
20% is probably just the drop that everyone sees in the summer. Not as many people are online since so much time is spent outdoors. I wouldn't worry about it. Your traffic should go back up once summer is over. If it had anything to do with the Penguin update you'd be seeing drops of like 75%.
20%? You got off lucky. More like 60% for me. No idea why, some of it is the summer drop, I saw that last year too. It was quite sudden. Went from 80 hits a day on one Hub to 20, from one day to the next.
It has picked up a bit. I am now at about half where I was in early June. I can't scream, though. I don't claim to have the very best articles on the web. I have had drops in the past, and they always recovered. I'll just keep working at it.
I've had a 40-50% drop. Some of my newer hubs are getting zero Google traffic. I used to almost always get Google traffic within a week or two. The update was aimed at "Black Hat" practices but it also put more emphasis on popularity from credible sources. This is bad for both content creators and searchers because popularity takes precedence over relevance. That's what I have been finding more and more in Google searches. I'm having to dig deeper to find what I want now because all the big name sites come up first.
There was a drop in traffic back in May, about 20% since Google continues to tweak their algorithms. I had another 20% drop about two weeks ago, but I think this is a seasonal drop as others have mentioned.
Each Hub is a product that must be continuously updated to remain fresh and appealing to readers and search engines just like any other product.
Take a look at retailers, web sites, cars, etc. these marketers are constantly revamping their look because it drives traffic. Believe me i worked for a fashion retailer for 5 years and every year, they refreshed or renovated some of their stores to drive traffic. They also would re-arrange the stores periodically through the year.
You need to do the same with your hubs. Take a look at the older hubs, update the title, or the content above the fold. Add your images, etc.
Everytime I tweak a hub, the PVs go up
Helpful suggestions! I've been working on it some and this is confirming.
This is great advice, Klanguedoc. Thanks for sharing and I am going to go back and begin this process.
Also, as seen in some following answers, Google is not liking so many links to other Hubbers in our hubs.
I read an article recently which talks about the Google crawler "Panda" Here is a snippet of that article....
"""Panda updates are designed to target pages that aren’t necessarily spam but aren’t great quality. This was the first ever penalty that went after “thin content,” and the sites that were hit hardest by the first Panda update were content farms (hence why it was originally called the Farmer update), where users could publish dozens of low-quality, keyword stuffed articles that offered little to no real value for the reader. Many publishers would submit the same article to a bunch of these content farms just to get extra links."""
So glad to see this question and relieved to read the answers. My hub views dropped significantly and disappeared from Google's search results while still ranking high on Yahoo and Bing. Quite confusing really - have thought that my hubs are flagged by Google. However, it appears that this is a web-wide action by Google. Hope it normalize soon...
Good to learn of your experience. Yes, Glenn Stok, another hubber with some other sites says they are doing better than his HubPages site. Something about the links at the bottom of each hub to those of other hubbers is what Google seems to not like.
I think links in general is what google is not liking. I have added all kinds of links to my other hubs on my articles. wondering if that has anything to do with the sudden drop in traffic. Will drop all links in most popular and see what happens
by Mike Dale 6 years ago
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by Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago
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by Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago
After sitting on this for a few days it's looking to me that some HP writers just took another major hit with this newest "Penguin" update from Google.My page views after subdomains were about 5,000 a day. Then they sank to 2,500. Now today they are at a dismal 500 views - the slide...
by Audrey Selig 5 years ago
My traffic is down by 25%, but Google Analytics does not show this downturn.
by Eugene Brennan 3 days ago
According to Search Engine Roundtable, it seems there was another update this week. I notice traffic has dropped a further 20% to 30% on at least two of my high traffic articles.Has anyone else noticed changes?
by Jackie Grant 2 weeks ago
So I just saw that I have had a massive drop in traffic and it looks like it is across the board (mot of my top performing articles are on WeHaveKids) - has anyone else seen that? I do get weekly fluctuations but this is something else :-(
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