One of my articles that normally just gets a hundred views per day is suddenly up to over 8,000 views per day.
Of course, it's my "reasons not to have a pet cat" article, which generates lots of comments calling me a cat-hater and an idiot. I mean, in my opinion, if you are thinking of getting a cat, you should understand that you have to give the creature some affection, clean out the litter tray, and be prepared to pay out hundreds, if not thousands in vet fees if necessary when the little thing gets sick (which is what I do).
Anyway, that's not the point. I'm more amazed about how Google goes crazy sometimes. And yes, I am experienced enough with this internet milarky to know that this situation is very temporary. Still remarkable though. I feel it's some sort of test...
Just today or since when? Either way enjoy it while it lasts, Mr. cat-hater
It's happened within the last 24 hours I think. I've certainly not seen any reflection in earnings as yet. Up to nearly 10,000 daily views now. More comments calling me a "moron" and "dog lover" (dog lover is a serious insult I've learned). It's actually intended as a kind of pros and cons list type article. I don't get all this on the hamster and dog articles. I actually like pets, but hence I know the challenges.
I actually checked out your article. I looked up pethelpful and it was there among the popular hubs. It was a nice read. Those insults are really funny. I know you aren't but you should definitely not take them to heart.
About your other comments, since it is a hub on pethelpful I would assume you'd get a decent CPM because this is search engine traffic and not social media traffic. Enough to buy some cat food maybe xD
It's a sudden deluge of Google android traffic, according to HP. I don't expect it to last. (It's beginning to decline as I write)
Thanks for the "nice read" compliment! Pet stuff like this is not worthless, in my experience, but it's relatively moderate in CPM terms. If it were an article about fixing washing machines, I'd be a rich man! Okay, maybe not.
In my early years at HP, I used to get into it with commenters, sometimes full arguments, but then I stopped, and nowadays I just let it wash over me. Call me a moron if you want. My favorite is when I write a pros and cons list and people accuse me of being contradictory! I mean, come on...
Wow, lucky you! You are one of the lucky ones that didn't get hit negatively with this new google May update.
Generally I've done well out of the May update, I believe. Though it's not a regular picture across the board. This particular hub is definitely an aberration.
I also know from experience it won't make a big difference to earnings or anything. You are better off with an Amazon hub, or hub in a topic that's reasonably ad friendly, that does consistently well over a long period of time. This is a flash in the pan thing. But it's a phenomenon. At least for a day or two.
It is kind of random. I have experienced similar before, but typically there is a reason. For instance, my Freddie Mercury article suddenly went crazy when the movie was released. But this one seems more like one of those technical aberrations when Google are messing around with their algo. I will make a few bucks (literally a few) and then things will go back to normal, I'm sure.
When I get a big boost in views I immediately think "What AM I going to do with an extra $9.42 this month?" Congratulations.
I miss having an HP payday every month.
I do sometimes wonder why I am university educated, yet work my balls off to earn the equivalent of a part-time office cleaner. But the freedom that it affords can sometimes be wonderful. And I do love writing.
There's some character called Dr Mark who has the most popular spot on Pethelpful, of course!
I always wonder what triggers temporary jumps like that, but I never got a peak that high. Maybe this will last a little longer. Good for you, enjoy!
That's amazing! I don't think I've gotten those kind of views before though I think some people on the forums have said they get that many views regularly. I'm sure it's rare though.
Strange I got a bit of a boost from social media recently and those surges are funny and random too. They come and go. And a bit of a fun boost periodically but never do they pan out into any kind of significant change in income. I think somebody's article went viral awhile back and she ended up with a pretty good payout for the next month.
Yes, it was the military diet or something on those lines if you are thinking about the same one. It went viral on social media. This is the one I had in mind when I typed an earlier reply.
I never had that many daily views before but one of my game articles was getting more views for a while before that game had its last update. Never been the same since.
Ha! I get SO much hate for my Cat Pee article. I get hate on all of my articles though which is pretty funny since most of them are just how-tos. ANYWAY I'm happy for you that you've seen a spike in traffic, that's awesome!
I've learned to let it all wash by. But it could be a little scary if you were of a sensitive disposition. Sometimes people do point out genuine mistakes and that's useful. And some people do make a reasoned argument, or state their point of view in a reasonable way. But mainly you can feel like a punchbag. And people make all sorts of assumptions about you. It is a bit weird.
I now know what I have being doing wrong all these years - I should have been writing about cats lol! Congrats on your traffic surge Paul, hope it does translate into some financial gain. We all need some good news at the moment.
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