Has anyone else noticed a significant drop in earnings and traffic since the beginning of January??Is this normal?
Yes I've noticed this, too, although it has picked up a little over the past week.
I've seen so much here on the Forums recently about earnings and traffic already being back up to what they were before the Christmas Season begun, I wondered if I were the only one. Good to see I'm not.
yes.. that is natural.
After paid hectic amount for holiday season for the month of December, the ads revenue will naturally come down in the month of january onwards..
I suspect that many internet users use the internet just for shopping.
December, being a "shopping month", we probably are seeing the effect of the shoppers no longer have much of a need to search for stuff.
Almost anyone can make money in November and December. Then there's a giant let down in January, when the easy money is gone.
Last year January (2010) was the worst month, however, this year it was surprisingly good. (Almost triple the previous year) These last 4 days I have notice my CTR has dropped a couple percent and affecting my earnings.
Thanks all for your replies. Good to see I am not alone. Nelle you are right, the hard part is earning when people aren't spending! Ill have to think about that and come back some new tactics.
Yes, I seriously thought about asking the same question... It went from really good to drop dead... LOL its not good at all, but I am relieved to hear its not something I did... during this time google and hubpages has changed and updated their sites, so I was worried over that too, and I notice less adds even though add content is high, I guess it is just the time of year...
When I look at all the stats I've collected, it seems there are two times in the year when people keep their wallets closed a bit more.
January, right after the holiday season ends they are all shopped out. And April, which is tax time in the US.
I've noticed just the opposite...in fact I just posted a question wondering if anyone has seen an increase in the last week. Mine have shot up about 50%, but I don't know why... I sure hope it's permanent
Valentines Day will send a spike depending on your niches.
People are strange. My Valentines-related hubs haven't seen a big spike in traffic, but guess what has? My hub about Halloween parties. Go figure!!
I have a hub selling stuff for valentines day which won hardly any traffic until yesterday, far too late for the visitors to actually purchase the goods! I guess that most men simply leave it until the last minute, and thus the only people to really do well are the local florist!
mine was a bit different: 40% rise in january, and 50% drop now...despite the fact that i have more clicks, i still earn low...including clicks from my high cpc keywords, please what must have gone wrong?
Got to admit this as been a nervous Nelly month. A few pretty good days, a day or two of miserable earnings, a wonderful day, then a miserable day. It's turning out to be an okay month, but the trends are all over the place.
Makes it hard to focus and concentrate on the positive. I keep hearing the oil furnace turn on - at 3.40 for a gallon of heating oil, I keep caculating heating bill vs. adsense earnings. A bad daily habit.
You'd think after 10 years I'd know better.
It has been a strange month for me, but nonetheless more successful than January. I should see growth of around 15% this month, which is much welcomed after a January which was a little worse than October (my plan was to match or slightly beat October, although my Christmas period did seem to start around 21st October).
I have had a few nervous days in February also, a couple of low ones, but nothing as concerning as January for me. I would be heading firmly in the right direction if my month finishes as expected and I subsequently see similar growth for February and March.
Hubpages is going pretty damn well really, its just my offsite activities which I need to pick up, so that I don't have to worry about my Hubpages earnings quite so much.
Ryan is that a 15% increase over January 2011 or February 2010?
15% increase on February 2011 earnings from January 2011 earnings, but January was a little worse than October, so that is nearer 10%-12% growth on October earnings (doesn't sound so impressive then). That is an estimate for February based on my daily earnings so far of course, it could easily end up 10% or 20% the way things are going. I have also been publishing like mad since November, so that isn't exactly sublime growth. I'll take that though, so far, with the rollercoaster that this month seems to be. A couple of very fortunate Amazon sales have also brought that figure up a little.
Ultimately my increase is down to a clear jump in ad spend for February, my eCPM for AdSense in January was terrible, I haven't seen much traffic growth... just a better deal and a slightly better Amazon conversion rate. My February 2010 to February 2011 growth is about 700%, so I could always look at it that way when I feel frustrated
My January earnings were fairly miserable (although much better than even July last year.)
However February appears to be doing quite well for Adsense. Amazon... might be worse than January at this stage!
Ryan I think you should definitely look at February 2010. It's a reminder of how far you've come. There are lots of hubbers who haven't seen a 700 percent increase. That's fantastic.
I think learning how to manage the First Quarter is one of the hardest things to do. Just when I think I've got it nailed it skids away a bit.
This month is going to be worse than January most likely. Even though technically, January did not end quite as bad as I though it would. However, it had potential.
On top of that, February only has 28 days. In the past the 29-31st always seemed like bigger earners. (probably random though, but who knows?)
Well, 2011, is going to be my first "full year" of hubpages. I started seriously writing in June 2010. So I don't know what to expect in the coming months.
The most important metric for me is daily earnings, so I don't track monthly sales except by default and getting excited when the money fairies make their direct deposit. As long as the daily sales keep increasing I'm okay.
After I started fussing about 30 days vs 31 days and getting totally depressed with 28 days in February, I decided to watch daily sales trends.
It also keeps you focused and working every day. There's no tomorrow will bail me out mindset.
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