Google Algorithm Update

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  1. Butterfly67 profile image91
    Butterfly67posted 11 months ago

    Was just looking at my stats for both my accounts and saw an increase of approx 20% on both. Just checked and there seems to have been an update on May 4th so this could be why - anyone else seen an upturn?

    1. NateB11 profile image93
      NateB11posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Yes. I started to post about it. I had something like a 60% increase in traffic over the weekend. Surprised me. But the increase started on Saturday, a couple days, evidently, before the algorithm update. And the traffic started declining this week. Though it's not bad because I had such a decent surge there on Saturday and especially on Sunday. There had been a steady increase for awhile before that.

      1. lobobrandon profile image92
        lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        I've had this, not the update that has helped even though yesterday was the highest traffic I've ever had in a day. It was a gradual increase over the past month which is in line with the summer increase I see. In my case, it is more people at home gardening than any update.

        EDIT: The update could have a bigger impact on health sites like wehavekids where you publish a lot and this won't be surprising because these sites were hit by the previous updates. We do know of new updates correcting major flaws in previous updates, so it could be a good thing if you are seeing a rise from this update, Jackie.

        1. OldRoses profile image98
          OldRosesposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          In addition to the same summetime/gardening traffic increase, I'm seeing a suden surge in "Android Google" traffic which has been nearly  non-existent for months.

          1. lobobrandon profile image92
            lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Good catch. I just checked:

            105    196    332 (24 hours, 7 days and 30 days).

            EDIT: This increase seems to be in line with the update from the 4th of May.

        2. Butterfly67 profile image91
          Butterfly67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Thanks Brandon, yes hopefully it is a correction and going back to where it was last year, that would be a relief financially with things as they are at the moment!

          I expect your stats are going to be pretty good as there are a lot of companies selling out of compost, grow bags and seeds over here!

          1. lobobrandon profile image92
            lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Yup good stats here. I hope yours sticks.

  2. DrMark1961 profile image98
    DrMark1961posted 11 months ago

    My traffic is way up too, but I think it might be because of all the lockdowns. I hope I am wrong, and that this continues after things get back to normal. I think we should wait and see though before celebrating.

    1. Butterfly67 profile image91
      Butterfly67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      That is good, hopefully yours stays. I'll celebrate any small win right now lol!

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 11 months ago

    (checks stats) Mmmmm... nope. Looks like my traffic actually took a big honkin' dive overnight (kicks rock)...

    1. Butterfly67 profile image91
      Butterfly67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Oh no sorry FFC

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
        FatFreddysCatposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        (shrug) Sadly, I've gotten used to the fact that Google hates me.

  4. Rupert Taylor profile image98
    Rupert Taylorposted 11 months ago

    Nope. Pretty much the same dismal level it's been at since January.

    1. Butterfly67 profile image91
      Butterfly67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Ah shame Rupert

  5. DrMark1961 profile image98
    DrMark1961posted 11 months ago

    My traffic is up 16% overnight, and I just checked Pethelpful to see if I am the only one getting a lot of traffic. My hubs are not even listed in "popular articles" so I assume this is happening for other people too.

    1. lobobrandon profile image92
      lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Sounds good.

  6. Deb Vesco Roberts profile image97
    Deb Vesco Robertsposted 11 months ago

    I was just coming to post that one of my rarely read articles had over 2500 hits yesterday and is over 3500 for today! I checked Google analytics and it says mostly organic searches and 0-10 seconds engagement. I got excited briefly that my article was shared and went viral

    1. NateB11 profile image93
      NateB11posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Organic search is better because it means you have a good position in search results which will last longer than going viral. And, wow! That's a lot of traffic for one article!

      1. Deb Vesco Roberts profile image97
        Deb Vesco Robertsposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        That same article has been doing that like three days in a row now. I’m so confused!
        The hits seem to be coming from android google when I look at my stats but yet the engagement rate is really low.

        1. lobobrandon profile image92
          lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Engagement would be low unless you have another page that they click through to.

    2. lobobrandon profile image92
      lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Awesome.

  7. DrMark1961 profile image98
    DrMark1961posted 11 months ago

    Is engagement the same as session duration?

    1. Deb Vesco Roberts profile image97
      Deb Vesco Robertsposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I believe so.

  8. Cynthia Hoover profile image94
    Cynthia Hooverposted 11 months ago

    Traffic increase for me as well over the past several days. Though one is on landing page on Pethelpful and a few on Remedygrove right now so likely why those articles are seeing an increase. Fingers crossed it continues!

  9. Deb Vesco Roberts profile image97
    Deb Vesco Robertsposted 11 months ago

    Where do you see landing page traffic?

    1. DrMark1961 profile image98
      DrMark1961posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      You can go to your profile page, click the name of the niche site above your title, and it will take you to the landing page. You will see right away if your articles are at the top of the page.

      1. Deb Vesco Roberts profile image97
        Deb Vesco Robertsposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        I see several of mine on those pages, thank you. Oddly, they're not even my most popular ones. I wonder how they decide this?

        1. DrMark1961 profile image98
          DrMark1961posted 11 months agoin reply to this

          I really have no idea. When I edit an article it usually moves up, but I have noticed too that my hubs that show up on the landing page are not the articles that get the most traffic.

          1. lobobrandon profile image92
            lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Same here, I don't really understand it. The other day 3 of mine showed up in the most popular on Dengarden, but the one with the most traffic did not show, it was #4 on the sub-category food though. This happens all the time.

            1. DrMark1961 profile image98
              DrMark1961posted 11 months agoin reply to this

              Does Dengarden appear to be a significant amount of your traffic? The reason I am asking is that I have noticed that Pethelpful does not account for more than about 5-10% since most traffic is from Google searches.
              I wonder if it even makes much difference if your hub shows up on the landing page.

              1. lobobrandon profile image92
                lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                Over the last hours dengarden is 1/6th of my Google USA traffic and for the last 7 days 1/12th. I am pretty sure that this is not because my articles show up on the home page or the category pages but because I interlink a lot and people move through from one article to the next. In addition to my interlinks my hubs show up on the sidebar as related and popular. 

                I see a similar ration on Google Analytics and it says direct traffic and not dengarden. I have just 19 visits from dengarden from the first of march until today. These are from pages that do not have my Analytics tracking ID and therefore do not count as direct.

                1. DrMark1961 profile image98
                  DrMark1961posted 11 months agoin reply to this

                  Another thing I noticed is that my android.google.com traffic is up over 1k per day. I complained about this loss a lot, and I know it affected a lot of other hubbers (Wesman, Oldroses, probably many others), so I hope this means that Google is allowing our articles to show up for those users again.

                  1. lobobrandon profile image92
                    lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                    Caren (OldRoses) pointed it out on another thread or maybe this one. I'm getting a few hundred of those a day too and the day it began corresponds with the may the 4th update.

          2. Deb Vesco Roberts profile image97
            Deb Vesco Robertsposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Exactly! I have two articles that are off the chain with hits (cruise-related, so not at this moment—-they are dead

  10. CMHypno profile image90
    CMHypnoposted 11 months ago

    No, my traffic has tanked lower again.  It went up a bit over the last couple of weeks, but took a nose dive today

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image97
      FatFreddysCatposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Join the club

  11. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
    PaulGoodman67posted 11 months ago

    General rise in traffic for me.

  12. Kierstin Gunsberg profile image96
    Kierstin Gunsbergposted 11 months ago

    Yes, my pregnancy related articles have seen an increase in traffic.

    I'm glad, not just as a creator here but as a Google searcher. The results I've been getting from Google lately suck and are irrelevant. I'm hoping this means they're cleaning up their SERPs.

    1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
      PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Now all we need is for the HP advertising revenue to bounce back! smile

      1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
        PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        It also would be good to know what the score is with the Amazon "glitch" that happened a week ago. My Amazon hub views are up but won't know if that means greater Amazon earnings until that issue is resolved. smile

  13. bhattuc profile image80
    bhattucposted 11 months ago

    Thanks,  you have given a good news.

  14. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
    PaulGoodman67posted 11 months ago

    I've been editing around 20-25 hubs per month since the start of the year, following HP's advice that the majority of our efforts should be put into editing/updating, and I have to say that the results seem promising. Many of the edited hubs appear to have gained substantially more views following the algo update.

    It's a grind doing so much editing, when you have hundreds of hubs, but it feels worth it when the views rise.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      We never know if our efforts are worth something or not.

      I, too, have seen views rise following the update, but haven't edited hardly any of them.  Partly because most have been edited in the past year already.

      1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
        PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Yeah, it's complicated and one can only listen to hints from HP and take educated guesses. I think Amazon hubs are particularly sensitive, if you don't update them regularly, they fall. If you have an info hub answering a specific problem and there's little competition, it probably doesn't matter much if you don't update it.

        But as you are maybe implying, many of the factors relating to traffic are outside of our personal control. So traffic has a tendency to go up and down whatever we may do.

        1. lobobrandon profile image92
          lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Updating just for the sake of updating is pointless, one usually adds information or changes something when they edit, if it's taking you hours to do, you are probably making actual edits which could very well bring you increased traffic.

          1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
            PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Yes, there should be a purpose and methodology behind it.

            I think HP tends to either hint or directly tell us what we need to be doing. The intimidating thing is the amount of work necessary.

            (I have a lot of hubs, so there's always work to be done. I just need to feel motivated and that it's all somehow worth the effort! smile )

            1. lobobrandon profile image92
              lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

              I can imagine. I have my hands full at 20 hubs. It's not that I don't have the time, it's the motivation to spend free time editing/writing lol 

              What kind of hints are you referring to?

              1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
                PaulGoodman67posted 11 months agoin reply to this

                It's no big secret. If HP says that we should spend 80% of our time focused on editing and updating, then I take that seriously. If one does take that seriously, then you look at how HP edits hubs, what they advise, and you try to adapt. smile

                1. lobobrandon profile image92
                  lobobrandonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                  Oh, I see, I thought you meant that you got tips on what kind of changes to make.

 
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