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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
(checks stats) Mmmmm... nope. Looks like my traffic actually took a big honkin' dive overnight (kicks rock)...
Nope. Pretty much the same dismal level it's been at since January.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I feel like this is some sort of error. This happened once before on another of my less popular articles. I don’t feel these are legit searches and hits. But it’s increased my total visits by over 10000 in 3 days off one article (the one about Red Wine Benefits) that’s never been popular for traffic. Does HP staff read these threads? Maybe they could weigh in?
You can check your Google Analytics account to find out if the stats are similar. My green apple benefits hub used to get 800 views a day consistently, I can imagine you would get a lot more on red wine if it were to rank well. Your traffic bump coincided with the update, maybe your hub ranks better for some terms now?
You can check the number of impressions you had last sunday and compare to the number of impressions you had yesterday. If you had significantly more yesterday, then it does not matter that they are spending less time reading your page. They are spending enough time on the page for the ads to load, which means that it counts towards your income.
My reported session duration always goes down a little when I have more android views. I do not know why.
Exactly! I have two articles that are off the chain with hits (cruise-related, so not at this moment—-they are dead
No, my traffic has tanked lower again. It went up a bit over the last couple of weeks, but took a nose dive today
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.
Now all we need is for the HP advertising revenue to bounce back!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! )
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
What kind of hints are you referring to?
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.
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