This is according to SE Round Table. I'm seeing some big fluctuations in my views, I hope it settles out well:
Immense Google Search Ranking Volatility; The Tail End Of The Product Reviews Update?
My traffic generally is fairly poor. Any rises have mainly been with product reviews, which suggests it's related to the recent algo update?
Traffic's bad right now, some of it's probably caused by Easter, but not all of it. There are some exceptions, though, articles that are doing much better since the last update. Unfortunately it's not enough to offset the general trend.
Glad it is not just me. I am seeing tons of blue arrows this morning.
The last big update finished on the 11th April and was called the Google Product Reviews Update, but the general consensus is that it affected much more than just Amazon review articles.
A few of my Amazon hubs are doing better post-update, but traffic to the non-Amazon articles, which are the bulk, is generally down.
Yeah, well. It has been the case for the last year or so.
Yes. Down 10% to 20% compared to last week and 30% compared to last year. I didn't have a drop in stats for the Easter period last year. Some guides have lost 65% traffic since last week.
I’m also down about 20%. March was an improvement for me over January and February. I’m worried April is sagging to be with the first two months of the year.
Yeah, my traffic has never been this bad for quite a while as well. Wonder, if google is targeting HubPages specifically for something.
Traffic has dropped another 10% today compared to yesterday. Strangely, one of my guides called "Gardening for Beginners: How to Sow Seeds in 10 Easy Steps" is ranking in 3rd place on the US on Startpage.com for "How to Sow Seeds". This site is supposed to show results that aren't dependant on a searchers previous searches. Yet traffic is plummeting and is about a third of what it was for last year.
This is serious! Are some sites down/going offline or something, cos traffic has more than halved for my top hubs in the last three days?
I think it's across the board. Medium traffic is down as is my own site today. Is it to do with Easter?
My stats don't show a drop for last Easter (Easter Sunday was 4th April). Maybe it's just several factors occurring together that are causing this.
I suspect that Easter plays a minor role, but the major issues are technical, it's likely the last the algo update was a big factor.
Easter can be difficult to judge. Workers don't get public holidays in the US, like they do in the UK (and presumably Ireland?) but children do get holidays, so people can go on vacation. The timing varies, though.
What is certain is that my views and earnings are dreadful right now, I'm back down to January levels. It's appalling and dispiriting.
Appalling and dispiriting...I don't think I can look at HP for another month. I am going to have to come up with something else. This just goes from bad to worse, with no one investigating how to make a real difference in our rankings vs whatever the competition is getting right.
I'm thinking about not putting in any effort for the time being, at least until things improve.
Yes, it's a difficult choice to make. HP isn't the earnings site it once was that's true but there are still positives to consider - longevity of this site, editorship, ease of access, potential earnings etc etc - I've been writing fresh articles on a regular basis throughout these hard times, and updating existing articles in order to stay competitive. More experienced writers have always advised me that the god Google likes fresh, quality material to feed on!! I keep feeding it. I keep earning! Plus, after so many years I feel I've a duty to keep my readers happy and wanting more.
I wonder does Hubpages have any stats for visitors that back out before a view is registered? I reckon lots of people leave because of the site video obscuring pages and it not being possible to close it and the slow load time of images and ads producing blank spaces which causes confusion.
I've been wondering this a long time, too. I really hate the videos on the niche sites. A lot of my articles are on LevelSkip and the video there on every article is so obtrusive. If I was a reader, I wouldn't stick around
There was another algo update that rolled out over Wednesday and Thursday that seemed to mitigate some of the negative impacts of the "Product Review" update.
Traffic for me seems to have recovered somewhat today. Currently it's as "good" as it was in March, but nowhere near last year. Maybe it's just because it's a public holiday here.
Same for me as well.
If April continues on the same trajectory, I'll be making about 80% of what I made in March. I'll be making about 50% of what I made in 2019.
Same here I'd guess my traffic is also similar to 2019...really surprising as I'd been earning quite well for a long time. That being said, I'm not doing dismally, but my earnings this month are shaping up to be last of half month, and a quarter of what I made at my peak.
My earnings have dropped significantly, too. Here's hoping things improve soon, for every writer here.
Yet another Google update on the 20th and 21st, lets hope this one is more positive for us. It's too early to assess at the moment.
I'm hoping that the arrival of more HP editors improves things. I've never been confident that leaving updating to the writers is a good idea, when Google craves "fresh" content nowadays. I guess they've got to balance it against the financial outlay, though.
I am seeing positive changes and I hope it stays that way. The 20% decline in Google search due to the last update has now come back.
Overall, April has been a bad month for me and seemed worse because it followed a period when things seemed to be improving a little.
I guess, there are a few causes to be optimistic if I force myself (it's not so easy nowadays):
1. Some of the traffic lost in the "Product Review" update seemed to return recently (as you mention, Dr. Mark).
2. The (modest) improvements in Amazon commission rates was a nice surprise. I thought that the percentage movement was only ever going to be downwards.
3. More editors could mean that HP have identified some of the bigger issues and are attempting to rectify them.
I am up as well. But the formatting needs to change.
For me, only 3rd party home & garden sales increased from 3%/4% to 5% commission compared to pre-April figures."Normal" commission rate for this category remained at 3%.
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