I have an article which is always is popular, but in the last few days it's getting around 1,000 views a day. It's a pretty old one too. I'm happy, but don't understand why now? Does this mean someone posted it on social media and people liked it?
It's probably Santa, lol. And I'm sure you deserve it.
I've noticed some random traffic spikes on my articles over the past couple of days too. I'll have something that typically only gets 20 views a day suddenly getting 500 views one day, and then dropping back to normal the next day only for another hub to get a boost. I'm not sure what's going on because my stats aren't showing where all these views are coming from, but it's pretty cool. Maybe it's something to do with Maven?
Do you use Google Analytics? If you do use it, go to "Acquisition", then click on "Social". If there are views from social media it will list which ones they came from. I have had both the spike from Google, and also a anomalous spike seen in Hubpages that is not reflected by Google. I see most of my social shares coming from Pinterest, but around the holidays I get some Facebook, too.
If you don't use Google Analytics, I highly suggest you go ahead and look at it now. The information can help you understand where you can make changes to improve traffic. By using the data, you can understand a lot more about your users, and how to target your content better.
I've got the same thing happening. All with hubs that previously weren't getting that many views which is great I just can't figure out why exactly. Views skyrocket on a hub, stay there for about a week, then return to where they were. None are seasonal or on a trending topic. Views are almost all through google - again not complaining! Just unusual - I've never seen this happen before.
It might be that Google is reassessing the site. G works in mysterious ways.
I've got a very seasonal Christmas hub that normally languishes at less than half dozen per day, picking up to 50-100 around Christmas. This year it has been seeing 400-500 per day. It's been great to see for the past month or so, especially as most has been from search engines.
This article will explain what’s happening:
Google Updates in December 2018
https://www.thewebmaster.com/google-upd … mber-2018/
Traffic spikes can also be caused by referral spam. This can usually be identified in GA by a view duration of zero minutes and seconds and all the traffic coming from the same city.
Thanks everyone, that was a lot of helpful answers. Most of my traffic is organic, but I have been seeing spikes in articles that are usually popular. It's just lately they are getting a record amount of views.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
I wrote an article in 2011 that had around 16,000 views until about two weeks ago when the viewer level skyrocketed. Turns out the prominent person I wrote about in that article was sent the link and he posted it on his Facebook page. The surge has died down now but it got about 3,000 hits in the matter of a few days.
Happy for you.
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