I have read a few threads now about a google slap and dropping traffic. I just had a look at my stats, got a few red arrows and a few blue ones. The overall number is pretty much my average.
I feel for you guys that have had traffic drops and hope its a bit of a glitch, something that will sort itself out soon, maybe if enough of us are having normal traffic stats its evidence of it being a bit of a dip, nothing more?
My traffic is up sometimes and down at other times. Nevertheless I am learning something new about hubpages and about the internet and google everyday.
Mine is more or less the same. I've always written what I care about and have very few hubs aimed at selling. Maybe that is why?
Is your traffic from google.com or google.uk or elsewhere. My overall numbers are holding for some hubs, but when I look it's not google.com. The google blog said it was starting with the US and then continuing the roll out to other countries. So I'm expecting those numbers to fall going forward.
Glad its okay for you guys so far.
my google.com traffic is pathetic. I'm getting more traffic from yahoo and google outside of the US, which is where a good portion of mine comes from anyway. but the drop on google.com is disheartening.
Nelle, thanks for encouraging us here.
I just had a look at where, specifically, the traffic is coming from and google.com is still my top source. It looks about normal to me. I might not have the same level of traffic as others and so could have one or two less people coming through as a slap that I just wouldn't feel
My traffic looked normal until about noon today. I'm still fairly new, so my hubs haven't "aged" a lot, but I did have a couple that were #2 and #3 on the first search page. I just checked analytics and my organic Google.com traffic has tanked. I've been making some money each day, too, (my lowest days were on the order of $0.10, my "high" days were around $2.50) and today it has been $0.
I'm going skiing in Park City for a week, so I'll see where everything stands when I come back. I'm sure the good content will return to where it belongs over time - it's a bummer for the short term, though!
My traffic remains steady and some articles are up for the day, as is some articles are down. But, I'm right around my average.
My traffic normally drops on Fridays and improves on Sundays, and most of it comes from Google.com. It has done its normal drop and has actually started rising again in tha last few hours. Adsense has been bad for the last few days though, although so far February has been phenomenal for Amazon
My traffic is pretty well normal for this time of week. It's *slightly* down compared with this time last week but I'd really have to wait a week or two before I could say whether this new Google algorithm change has had any effect.
And my Amazon's not doing too badly - I only have to sell three more items, no matter how low the price, in order to beat my November Amazon earnings
My traffic is normal, but on the first day it was announced that there was Google change in algorithm (Thursday), my CTR dropped to the lowest in four months, and adsense is second to the lowest for the month.
My earnings yesterday is the second highest however for the month, let us see after a week, because I have just been monitoring my earnings due to what happened, otherwise I just checked it three times a week.
After all was said and done, my traffic (according to Google) was down about 10% yesterday.
I've lost some traffic but my core hubs are doing the same. what I've noticed is I've lost traffic on some of my 'hub' hubs - as an example I have a series of Hubs of Final Fantasy boss hints- the individual hubs for each boss are doing the same and are ranking well - the overall hub (that was still detailed) but had links to all the other hubs is now on page 2 of the rankings - it was listed number 1.
So it seems that hubs with a lot of links (regardless of quality of content) are getting hit the hardest for me!
I'm also noticing that my social bookmarking website entries pointing to my Hubs are ranking better.
For instance, I have one Hub that had been ranking on the 1st page of Google (usually one of the top four results) for a 5 keyword phrase. Now, that Hub has dropped to just above the bottom of the 1st page. On that same 1st page, my RedGage and Digg entry listings are ranking higher than my actual Hub they're pointing to.
Interestingly the traffic has started improving, mine is also normal. Blue arrows are off since morning. HubPages will even get better I believe!
My traffic is still bleh but I have noticed improvement in the SERPs. So naturally as a result, traffic should improve as well though it'll prolly take a bit of time.
The usual. Traffic dipped a little bit. But earnings kept steady. In fact I had a great month so far with affiliate earnings (from elsewhere) surpassing my earnings from (at) HP.
I usually have 30 visitors from google.com per day. About 24 hours ago it was down to 6. Now it's 16. checking my best hubs in various googles, I find a hub that is on the first page in google.co.uk, google.ca and google.com.au, is on the third page on google.com. I don't know if that's because of the new algo or whatever but doesn't seem right that it is so low down in there. First to rank on google.com is a page with a few words and a ton of check prices links. So,according to new google, I am more of a spammer than that.
When I take the average of one day, 7 day and the last 30 days for Google us traffic only - my traffic is down 2/3%!!!! I am not happy.
I hope PC Unix is right - the algorithm by Google needs to be tweaked to bring things back to normal.
I'm not sure if this is a change in algorithm. This looks more like a manual slap on some of the top content sites or affiliate sites. I also think this slapping is done based on the data collected from google chrome add-on. Algorithm changes and search result dancing usually takes a longer time to settle.
I'm not saying it WILL come back.
I'm saying we need to wait, and that even if there is a slap, HP CAN fix it, whatever it is.
For what it is worth, I am still getting about 20% more traffic than I did this time last year. Sure, compared to last WEEK I am feelin' kinda low, but it isn't all bad news.
My total daily traffic has steadily fallen the last two days+ to the point of 65% its normal. The hub that had drawn 150% more traffic than the other is now down to just 30% of its normal traffic. Yikes!
My traffic is holding from Google and other sources. Hopefully this is due to the stong links I have built and detailed quality content. But is is probably too early to tell!
Analytics shows my traffic is already heading back up. Some individual Hubs are rebounding strongly.
And yesterday's drop was no lower than what my traffic was on some holiday days from the end of 2010. Certainly nothing to get my knickers in a bunch over...
The traffic to my hubs has increased over the past few days, by around 20%, but my adsense and other affiliate earnings remain around the same levels.
I notice alot of hubbers saying that Google are starting in the US with the changes first so it wont affect them, the thing is that hubpages is a US site so we will all be affected in the first cull no matter if we live in UK or Australia.
I hope it is only a temporary glitch for those who have been affected and that their traffic will get back to where it was soon.....jimmy
Jimmy it's rolling out with google.com and then moving to google.co.uk and the other googles. So traffic from the international will be affected some time in the future. I wasn't discussing the location of the hubber, but the location of traffic. On many of my hubs international google traffic is still steady, it's the American google traffic that's been trashed. And international traffic isn't buying from ebay like the US. At least that seems to be my experience.
Woke up to a lot of blue arrows. That usually improves throughout the day, but not today. "Am I blue?"
It's all very interesting.
I have two newly published Hubs that have been getting roughly 20 - 120 unique page views from Google each day over the past few days and I can't find either Hub anywhere to save my life. The traffic has been strong and remains strong today.
I have a few other Hubs that were getting 15 - 75 page views a day on a consistent basis and have dropped to almost no traffic over the past few days. I do know where these Hubs live on Google and they have dropped substantially from their previous page rankings. 1st and 2nd page positions, to 4th and 5th page positions collecting dust.
An offsite blog post that I wrote just recently has been dead until today. I couldn't find that post anywhere to save my life either until I narrowed my search criteria to the "Past week" option that Google provides and then I pleasantly found it sitting in 1st position. Looks like I have up to three days left before this traffic tanks since this post is nowhere to be found without narrowing the search criteria.
My remaining Hubs have been trashed over the last three days and, today, there's virtually no traffic on my remaining Hubs.
My writing may not be very good or people simply may not like what I have written or the manner in which I've written it, but absolutely none of my content is duplicate content from anywhere. As close as I get to duplicate content is including small quotes on a handful of Hubs from an authority site. These small excerpts are quoted and blockquoted to clearly indicate they're not my words!
Lastly, promotion Hubs, "How to" Hubs, "What is" type Hubs, and the likes have all been equally trashed. Surprisingly, Adsense earnings have been stronger, buy Amazon orders / click-throughs have significantly slipped.
The only Hubs doing well for me are informational Hubs having to do with very current news cycle information.
Well, I'm "only" down 25%, compared to yesterday when things looked extraordinarily bleak. I don't think it will be a sustainable (a good day, perhaps) but it has calmed my nerves some seeing the number climb back to what I would consider a reasonable, if disappointing, day.
My little blog I started out with a few months ago has been decimated by the changes so far.
It was slowly gaining traffic now I get none. This has been pretty demoralizing for me so far. ='[
My traffic dropped on Hubpages, by about 10-15%, but it is now returning to normal. My own sites rose in traffic, will have to see if that drops again. On my test bed sites, some of which contain large amounts of duplicate/spun content I saw significant drops in traffic/rankings.
I think that overall Google are living up to their promise of penalizing sites with duplicate content and sites that run off syndication. I think that while Hubpages has taken a hit because of duplicate content it will not be to severe after things have levelled out, however I fully agree that all duplicate hubs should have to pass a duplicate content check.
When you say syndication, do you think that could relate to our news capsules here?
Excellent question, by syndication I was referring to sites which use syndicated content from sites such as eZine articles.
Using the summary style RSS probably wont have any real affect on quality score, it has already been hit by Google to reduce spam caused by it, so I doubt they will do it again. (Sites which were filled with rss feeds in an attempt to have perceived content were hit a while back).
Having a single rss feed on your page should not have a negative affect though, think of it in the eyes of Google. An RSS feed can provide related, recent, articles to readers. It is infact a good thing to have for your viewers.
Again though, I rarely have RSS feeds display on my Hubs or websties, so this is primarily speculation rather than fact. It might be something to add to my testing list though!
Interesting response from Ezinearticles
http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2011/02/s … more-11693
Here is a short-list of actions that are either already in progress or will be shortly:
* Our proprietary anti-derivative software has been modified to reject another 10+% of article submissions that are not unique enough. This will result in more false positive on legit content, but that’s a risk that we feel is necessary.
* Our WordPress Plugin will sunset this week and we will no longer accept article submissions via wordpress blogs directly.
* We’ll be evaluating ways to reduce the number of ads per page to improve the perceived user experience and improve our members CTR (Click Thru Rate) for the traffic delivered to our members.
* We’re considering raising the minimum article word count to 400. Currently we give less exposure to articles that are between 250-400 words, but we still accept them. Thin content often comes under 400 words; even though I have seen many high quality articles in the 250-400 range, it is rare. 600-850 words may become the new normal with 400 being the minimum.
* Our keyphrase and keyword density limits are already thought to be too intense by many, but it’s clear to us that spammers can be identified by statistically unusual keyphrase limits. Watch for the bar to be raised here.
* Certain categories that are typically filled with thin, spammy content (men’s issues, reverse cell phone lookup, acai berry (which we took a harder-line position against last year) etc.) will experience an ‘over-correction’ by our team. Many thousands of articles were removed Friday and potentially tens of thousands may be removed as we complete our sweeps.
* Expect to see our current article rejection rate (40.6%) climb by another ~20%.
* Articles that are advertorials were already targeted by our team, but they will now get a hyper-focus to reject.
Maybe its simply a matter of applying a 'Writer Beware' principle.
Various people write articles on Hubpages for various reasons.
Many of the articles won't get a high ranking on Google, but will be favourites in the Hubpages community.
The advice about how to ensure articles rank well in search engines is already well documented in Hubpages.
If your traffic levels are normal then your articles presumably meet the standards.
Google probably examines each individual article for its merits, rather than applying a blanket penalty (hopefully).
All contributors need to know whether any blanket penalties, related to the linking structure of Hubpages, have been incurred, and how Hubpages can maintain or re-build its reputation and overcome such penalties.
Thanks, thisisoli. HP has encouraged us to use the news capsules and I have done so. I’m glad that I was not led astray.
Hark! I’m seeing some more red arrows!
Oops... There are 4 times as many blue ones.
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