Over a month ago Google kicked me where it hurts, in my VIEWS. I, lik eos many of my peers here have been through this before, and I went in and worked on cleaning up my existing articles.
But, this time, this time, the response has been; well.. there hasn't been a response; my views are still on the dumps.
Could anyone tell me what was done to us this time and exactly what is it that they want us to do this time???
I would appreciate any suggestions.
Just a guess, but most of your articles are about recreational vehicles and this may be just a seasonal thing as RVing declines in the northern hemisphere as summer deserts us. Although you've probably thought of that already. The dark arts practiced by the Google elves are a mystery to me, so I can offer no suggestions there.
Besides all of those great suggestions from TT2, another thing I noticed going through your profile page is that a lot of the articles do not have 2019 updates. It is kind of late in the year to even bother at this point so I think you should try her suggestions, but starting in January 2020 all of your articles should be updated so that they show a current date for searchers on Google.
I always start with the articles with the most traffic and work my way down. If you do not have the time, or the inclination, to edit them much at least make some small changes that will result in a new update date.
A lot of people commented on the loss of traffic with this latest Google update over a month ago. (I do not remember exactly when.)
DrMark - Yeah, The update thing has been one of the tasks I perform as an ongoing thing, but obviously I have dropped behind.
In the past , I have tried to review what I had, and then add useful information, in an effort to make each article truly better for my readers.
Also, the RV world is seasonal, in a way. Sure there are Summer campers, mostly vacationing families and sportsmen. But believe it or not, there is a very large sector of RV owners who are retired and like to run to campgrounds somewhere in the warmer climates down South. Their Rvs are usually larger, and their wallets thicker.
I try to write articles for both groups, and in doing so, I have managed to maintain a more stable group of readers.
I hate to just update for the sake of having a new date tag, but if that's what everyone is seeing, I guess I'll follow the "When in Rome" philosophy.
THanks for your response, and have a great Holiday season.
I have updated all my articles and most of them have mid 2019 dates. They're spread across a wide range of subjects and sites including Owlcation, DenGarden, Turbofuture, Skyaboveus, Delishably and Feltmagnet. Still I've lost 30% of traffic since September, some of it seasonal on Dengarden, but probably most of it due to Google algorithm updates. There's been about four updates in the last month or so. The site diversity thing is a pain in the ass too. Google now limits the number of articles with similar keywords in titles and from the same domain appearing in SERPS, so if you're competing with another writer on the same subject, you may have a problem ranking for these keywords.
I lost about 25 per cent over the last fortnight.
I assume it's a Google thing too, and since I've only just finished my latest round of edits, I'm hoping things would be better once the folks at Google had their turkey.
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