From what I am reading here and seeing for myself:
Struggling....... dangarden, owlcation, pethelpful, remedygrove
Okay...............exemplore, reelrundown, happyholiday
Can't speak for anyone else but I am reasonably happy with Feltmagnet.
Axleaddict is recovering ...started doing this several days ago. Am hoping it will continue. Have to check about the others.
About 75% of my work is on Exemplore, and I'm happy. I also get good traffic from Owlcation, and I have articles on Letterpile which do well. But I never interpreted them as creative writing, they were instructional pieces about astrology. I still don't believe that's the right niche, but have had this argument and the admin isn't going to see it my way.
Most of my hubs are on Dengarden and doing poorly but I write on gardening and there is not a whole lot of gardening going on in the winter so I am not concerned. If traffic does not start to pick up in February as usual, then I will start to worry.
Most of my stuff ends up on either ReelRundown or Spinditty, and I'm happy with the results on both, for whatever that's worth.
I reckon it is worth trying to build up a picture of what is happening.
If there is no recovery on the sites that are struggling, it might be worth focusing on the others.
Also, stuff like this does not happen without a reason.
Most of mine is on Dengarden, and I'm satisfied with what I'm seeing. Traffic is down maybe 10% from it's high point a few months ago, but that could well be the season. How many people want to build a covered deck in the middle winter? Or install a new roof?
My articles on wehavekids, pethelpful, & letterpile have not recovered.
My letterpile article is actually the worse I've seen it in a long time. I wasn't happy it was moved to letterpile in the first place, but it had actually done okay for awhile.
My delishably articles are still doing well.
I am happy with DenGarden, ReelRundown, Delishably, and ToughNickle. Overall, my views and $$ are up and up.
Dengarden is okay for me. As is Turbofuture and Toughnickel. Owlcation seems badly hit.
My top performing article is on Owlcation and was doing great until recently. It went viral for a few days last week and today it hit an all time low. I have not seen such low views from this article since before its move to the niche site.
It's in the #1 spot on Google and I have been seeing some great traffic from it. Today it's at a 66% drop from what I was seeing before it went viral.
I have one article in Dengarden that is doing great. Letterpile is doing the best for me. However, I started to do a series of travel articles, and my first one was doing well until it was moved to Wanderwisdom, then it died a slow death. I haven't wasted my time doing any more, and if I do, I'll request that they not be moved to Wanderwisdom.
My Owlcation hubs have taken a hit but the best-performing ones are still delivering, reasonably.
On the other hand, my reelrundown ones are quite badly affected.
Letterpile has always been in the deep misty valley for me. But once in a while, they still send up some crops.
The picture is getting more and more confusing, lol. But it is still interesting, so thanks for people's input so far...
Perhaps topic plays a role? I mostly write about mythology and history.
Mythology is mostly what I have on Owlcation, and people seem to love it. I have a few book reports, but they don't do as well. I read a lot, and used to write book reviews. But you are competing with the publishers and newspaper reviews of the book. So even if your article is good, you have to title it differently, or approach the report of it from a new angle. I found it's not worth it. It will end up on Page 6 of Google.
If you have plenty of hubs, the easiest way is to go to Adsense and study the graphs for the various niche sites over the past year.
I don't think you'll get much of a picture by asking hubbers, Will. It's all too anecdotal.
Of course, the people the best figures are HubPages.
Imagine if Feltmagnet had a better name that indicated to viewers the types of articles that can be found there....like photography, instead of thinking that it's a site to do felt arts and crafts....
If searchers were searching for Feltmagnet (or other site name), then searching for an individual article that gave rise to what they wanted, it might be useful.
But they aren't. Searchers put in as near to exact as they can, what they want to see, and it isn't a site full of hundreds or thousands of articles that then need searched through.
In that regard I don't see that it would help at all. Particularly as it is about arts and crafts of a hundred or thousand different types.
I personally am so grateful that it is called FeltMagnet but I guess I do understand why others might not feel the same. I recall the first time that I began writing on HubPages and there was no category for my craft. Paul very kindly added one, the rest is history.
Traffic down 70% on my articles on Owlcation, probably 50% on Dengarden.
I suppose it has a lot to do with optimization, competition, time-relevancy, etc, too. You might be performing well but then comes a copycat, or worse, a copycat who added recognizable improvements, and there you have it. You're out of the top spots.
Doesn't help that Google keeps changing her demands. Often, without real explanation.
I can see year on year data and, sadly, the decline is not seasonal for me. Sigh...
BEST: I have articles on Owlcation, where one article is performing really well compared to the other 5.
Surprisingly, 3 of my articles with ToughNickel are not performing well. Each generates maybe 0 to 10 views max a day. Very rarely more than that.
My 3 articles on TurboFuture are generally generating very low views, but on some rare days they have generated up to 50 or even more a day each.
WORST: My Caloriebee articles and Delishably were generating less than 50 views every month.
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