http://www.sistrix.com/blog/985-google- … ality.html
After seeing this on another thread I have decided to post it here as I think it deserves its own thread, sorry if it has already got its own thread.
Anyway after looking at the results after the google change from the link above things do not look good at all, with a lot of sites takeing massive hits, especially hubpages.
What is everyones thoughts on this? Do you agree this could be the end of hubpages?
Wait and see.
That is reporting the effects thus far, we don't know what that 'index' is going to be saying in 3 days, 3 months or 6 months time.
Trust me, I have been screwing a lot, but don't write off the site yet. The algorithm is supposed to have altered 18% of search results.
That leaves 82% untouched when the algorithm settles. I think its a bit unfair to label Hubpages as dead just 48 hours since an algorithm change, you are talking about 6 years of building on this site, I doubt that the staff or owners are willing to write off their business in 48 hours and as such neither should we.
I suspect that they will be talking to Google directly in order to obtain advice, and waiting - like us - to see how things settle. Some topics may even benefit from the change, we just don't know yet.
To label Hubpages as dead in 48 hours is a bit extreme though, don't you think? I doubt that Google would have an interest in seeing content farms die, seeing as many of the major gainers are not involved in their AdSense scheme whilst all of these content farms are.
I still made some decent Amazon sales yesterday, I still have uneffected pages, I will give it a good few weeks before deciding what stays on the site and what goes.
@Naked Poster, may be we should reassign the RIP back to you. Did you ever read the report you posted, even sistrix domain noted their own part of the story. It's a good check from Google and the affected sites are expected to ensure a provision of quality content to search results. Good head way.
I admittedly feel out of the loop here, as I have been crazy busy and not following this whole thing with google. Even clicking that link, while I see that negative percentage there, can anyone share what they know about who or how they criticize content on the net?
I don't blame them for wanting to work with high quality content, as i am sure that is very very important to the advertisers that pay to advertise with google adsense. However, I don't understand how they make their rankings, and if Hubpages isn't among the best in higher quality content, why not, and when did things change? Maybe I am that naive that I am not aware of other sites that have such incredible content, that is so much better than hubpages?
Curious anyone's thoughts on this, and any answers are welcome, thanks!
Since no one know exactly what is going to be permanent or not it is far too early to sound the death knell.
the only way is up- HP has too much money invested to lose out- they are probably arranging an appointment with Mr Google as we speak
I agree it may be to early but it does look as if google has targeted specific sites and it seems as if they include hubpages in that category.
Why would it be the end?
If this IS a real punishment, all they need to do is clean the place up. That could take less than a month.
After that, if they aren't making enough money because the crap was mostly responsible, then yeah, they die - maybe. Or maybe not.
I doubt that Hubpages will ever die.
Say they were to shrink by 18%, hypothetically, round that to 20%. After the algorithm settles.
And assume that they were just about profitable. They need to maintain that profit. Their revenues shrink by 20%.
The solution may well be to propose a reduction in revenue sharing to 50%; that makes that 20% back. Some may take their content, most will see how it goes.
Sure hubbers will be upset with this, but that doesn't neccessarily result in a loss of revenue, if the new advertising stuff can cover the shortfall.
Alternatively, Hubpages may find that the new ad model (as per the TOS update) covers their losses.
I'm sure that their intention was to increase revenues for us and them, but for me the new advertising structure could well be a means to a sustainable business even if it doesn't stay in the top 50.
Of course I would hate to see a 50% rev share, and would prefer any such move to be temporary subject to their new arrangements becoming profitable, but I would much sooner see that than no Hubpages at all.
Hubpages isn't going anywhere, it just needs to change its gameplan from growth to consolidation. Breaking even in 5 years is actually very impressive for an ambitious and pioneering online model.
The only optimistic way I can look at this is this....
Even if hubpages does lose a lot of ranking positions, perhaps if a enough other sites are taken out of the picture (Ones that were not established very well) it will compensate, and hubpages will eventually attain traffic just like it used to - and maybe even better.
I would personally hate for the impressions to be 50%, but they may have to do it to fix the problem.
Ryan whatever revenue share model HP comes up with, depends on traffic and generally that means Google Traffic. Unless that comes back, and hubs start moving up the Search Engines, who will be clicking on those ads?
It was just hypothetical, based on Googles statement that 18% of searches will be affected.
Of course, what I fail to point out is that those 18% are likely to be those that content farms had affected most in the first place, so the result is likely to be far greater than a simple 18% loss of traffic.
I guess that we just have to see where the algorithm settles, but I am not looking forward to this being rolled out in the UK as pre-change 13% of my traffic was from the UK.... I guess that around 25% of my traffic is UK now... so it could, potentially, get much worse. If that is the case, and I am trying to remain optimistic, I may not have any choice but to start the slow process of transferring all of my now low-traffic hubs to private domains.
But, I will be giving it a few weeks, see what happens in the US, and then determine whether or not I can take the same globally.
I am pretty sure we can now say this was intentional on the part of google... so... hubpages staff will probably go to google, find out what the problem was, and adjust the site accordingly.
I have backed up my articles, just in case I am wrong... but... seriously, if you think hubpages is going down without a fight you are mad.
I guess Im worried a little as this is the first big change from google in the serps that I have been part of, and I have heard many horror stories from the MayDay update.
I think that the management of HP is now looking at data as Mr Edmondson stated (as quoted in this site) - (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 … 47136.html) Some of those who have been here in the Internet business for quite sometime said that we need ample time to really say what is the effect of the new G algorithm, or maybe after two weeks that site will update their data and analysis.
Interesting article. I feel moved to comment on this extract...
"Google search engineer Amit Singhal said in an interview that the company added numerous "signals," or factors it would incorporate into its algorithm. Among those signals are "how users interact with" a site.
It also used feedback from hundreds of people it regularly hires to evaluate changes. These "human raters" were asked to look at search results and decide whether they would give their credit card number to a site or follow its medical advice, Mr. Singhal said."
How users interact? No room for literature, humour, politics or though provoking comment. No - credit card or medical advice. Were they the best examples the brilliant Google could come up with? What a super web they are building - a shop basically.
Utter crap. IMO.
All we can do is, wait and see if the changes are positive or not. Patience my darlings, patience!
There is nothing wrong with the way HubPages is run: many people can write articles and earn some money along the way. But there needs to be more emphasis on quality and I expect any measurements and actions by HubPages to be in that area.
RJT, MayDay was nothing compared to Florida 2003. And this is nothing compared to those to. I've lived through them and survived them all.
Florida went after every thin and not so thin affiliate site regardless of it's location. And it was on November 16, 2003 so it destroyed the fourth quarter for many of us. Nothing worked on November 17. My traffic went from over 100,000 uniques a day to ZERO.
This is a very targeted realignment of the SERPs, aimed at shared sites and content farms. So if you're not playing in this space, you're probably really happy about it as an affiliate or website owner.
If your idea of diversification was HP, Squidoo, SheToldMe, and Snipsly, you might not be feeling too good right now.
I dunno... it is a huge opportunity... all those websites trashed, there must be huge room for the enterprising right now.
No, I do have my own websites but I planed on earning a certain amount per month on Hubpages first then useing that to invest into my websites to make it has high quiality as possible.
I had the opposite experience:
I didn't even know anything had happened until I read about it much later. I'm sure there are people not even noticing this, too.
LOL you have the most ready access to your stats of anyone I've ever seen. I would have to dig that that level of detail, out of a distant file folder.
Quite frankly, my income levels from online marketing were a bit higher than that. About $15,000 a month at that time. So I noticed A LOT.
But I keep bouncing back. I've just decided after a decade of being beaten up by Google every few years that affiliate marketing and its ebbs and flows is quite exhausting and not really sustainable in any one format.
That's why I'm moving back into traditional content and marketing at the local level. Where I started in my 20s. What's old is new I guess.
This is helpful to know ... so helping local businesses market online, and like you said in another thread, running a tourist site for Cape Cod? Btw, I have wonderful memories of going to Cape Cod for vacation as a kid.
I've got an idea for a business in So Cal site that I'm planning on pursuing.
Yeah, I keep all my stuff handy in text files.. because it seems I always want to know something..
I never got into affiliate marketing. Well, I do a little - maybe $100 a month or so.
How long had you been accustomed to that income?
Pcunix I had a great year and a half until Florida. I thought I was going to be a millionaire. The money was sooooo easy. I mean I don't do badly now. The internet and I are good friends.
But the roller coaster in affiliate marketing is never-ending. Quite frankly, I'm worried about ryankett's heart-health after that past few days. (He posted he's a chain smoker somewhere.) This shake up was pretty minimal if your diversified. He's going to have to take up meditation and yoga, if he wants to continue, I think. I have ice water in my veins when it comes to business and it gets to me sometimes.
This is what hubpages can possibly do to make sure Google is on better terms with us.
(1) Articles less than 375 words or so will automatically not be accepted. I have seen some people that have a hub with just a picture and 10 words!
(2) Ensure people are not spamming hubpages purely for promotional purposes with irrelevant content.
(3) Ensure that duplicate content is not posted on this site.
(4) Review articles for publication. (Like infobarrel maybe?)
This is truly a good head way for many affected sites. It is NEVER THEIR END. This thread title is liken to evil. God forbid!
Maybe I shouldnt have titled the thread in the way I did and Im sorry for that. I usually stay out of the forums as it takes time away from trying to grow my business and maybe thats what I should stick to doing.
I sense that it needs to go further, and that means removing stuff which has already been published which does not meet with those criteria.
Squidoo had to do a lot of deleting when they got their slap. Of course, there may not even be a way back for content farms, this looks like it could just be a "your not welcome" message from Google which they may not have any intention of reversing.
I am now on my 8th article on a new sales blog
Reports of Hubpages' death are preliminary and ridiculous. The site is half creative and half information so there is a whole range of readers that Hubpages can offer to advertisers. I think the staff has to find a better way to profile the Hubpage reader so that it can offer targeted segments to appropriate advertisers. In addition, the staff will continue to clean up the site so that it is more viable to Google. This won't kill Hubpages, it will make it better.
I agree, nothing but a hiccup in a great story, a big hiccup but still just a hiccup nonetheless.
I can sense the positives already, not only for the reader experience but also for the writer experience.
Shut the doors, this site already has a whole host of great writers, be very careful who we let in. If they don't add anything to our crowd then they aren't coming in.
This place has long been considered a means of a quick and easy backlink, that needs to stop for a start.
Oh shut those doors, why bother nobody wants in. The blue arrows are in freefall and the staff are nowhere to be seen. The farm has had it's final plough.
Staff have made a comment.
Most of the "discussion" that has taken place in these forums concerning this update have been naive babblings.
The only professional move at this time would be to watch ranking performance in a methodical manner and wait to see how things pan out.
Historically, the initial algo changes are NOT telling of the final results.
FK, I rarely agree with you on politics, but here I do agree. It takes time and adjustment to figure out the best way forward. Google wants relevant content. I think it will end up moving the site forward in a better direction. Although my traffic is still down, it is slowly rising, and one of my hubs that was bumped yesterday moved back to p1, even if only on the bottom. At least it moved up and not down further.
I just found a site that gives the 10 biggest winners too, and it includes ehow with a rise of 19.7%.
Don't know if I can link it here - its a .pdf
http://seoclarity.net/seoClarity%20Insi … -24-11.pdf
I can't believe that eHow and Yahoo Answers on that list! Wikipedia were slapped a little a while back so they have regained their authority.
Probably well deserved for Etsy, I like that site.
Yahoo answers IS SPAM CITY. That site used to be decent years ago, but now it is nearly complete spam.
I though eHow was a pretty legit site with quality content? I have seen some good content on there, but I guess I have not been to it enough. Many people seem to dislike eHow from what I have seen.
Most people jumping on the "we hate eHow" bandwagon have probably never even read any of their stuff. Most journalists hate eHow/Demand and think it's a sweatshop that's ripping off writers. So of course the journalists targeted it in most of the articles you read and everyone is just following along.
I'm not saying they don't have bad content on there, but for the most part, it's factually accurate, well researched and answers the title precisely. That's a helluva lot more than I can say for most of the other sites on the lists floating around here.
It surprises me that Squidoo was not included in the big gainers or big losers category. I wonder if that is a result of their previous "adjustment".
Just to continue moaning for a moment.
One of my favourite hubs, I'm not going to bother advertising it because I have lost all heart at the moment in this game, is 1,000 words of reasonably crafted satirical humour - in my opinion. It has positive feedback and generally well accepted.
Page 1 Google UK, Now Page 3 Google.COM.
On page 1 Google.com is a Yahoo Answer related to the subject which is someone posing a stupid question in a non entertaining fashion and being 'answered' in an equally unamusing and non informative manner. Maybe 200 words tops for the whole lot.
Garbage in my opinion. My article could almost be called an article, and indeed with a bit of luck it might be suitable for an amusing piece in say a local newspaper or student rag or something. Whatever - it is real writing.
But I'm on page 3 below this tripe. This is a shame because my experience here, and results, up till now have been brilliant and I had hopes of higher things.
Mark you give up too easily. Keep writing, keeping working and wait to see how things pan out before you do anything hasty
Thanks Hypno, I wasn't thinking of topping myself! I think the ride for me has been great up till now and this is my first big knockback.
I'm OK. Really.
Glad that you are OK - have a hot cup of tea with lots of sugar in it! In a couple of days your hub may well be back to where it was or better?
Thanks. One thing I will say is that despite the last couple of days - there are still the same great bunch of friendly helpful people on here.
I've been putting wiskey in my tea, the past few days.
Well my traffic dropped 30% but is already back up halfway from there to where it was and where it was was at the highest it's ever been so I'm not worried.
I hope everyone realizes by R.I.P Hubpages it stood for REALLY INCREDIBLE PLATFORM Hupages. Know that that is cleared up im off to watch the rugby.
RIP is so far from the truth...
The fact is I still am getting a good amount of views. It may be harder to get ranked at the top, but we will see in due time how bad we got it. Who knows this might end up being a good thing, although it doesn't look like it. These are my two worst days by far, since about 3-4 months ago.
R.I.P is Ryan in Pain because his earnings have dropped. Do we have to read thread upon thread about this big girl.
We can all pull out the sockpuppets when we don't dare use our real names to criticise somebody "Mark".
I know, I know... Of course, you don't have any other logins, you are seeing those blue arrows across your entire portfolio of zero.
Footballers it's pathetic short hubs like yours that are dragging this site down.
It takes balls to tell a footballer he can't write, that's a bit ironic lol.
The only irony that I have seen is a coward hiding behind a sock puppet to criticise other hubbers and the site, especially cowardly when the victim has a forum ban and can be contacted directly via email
"R.I.P is Ryan in Pain because his earnings have dropped. Do we have to read thread upon thread about this big girl."
Why don't you tell him who you are? That way, he can simply avoid you for eternity, or perhaps serve up a retort or two. Or does that make you afraid? Of what he may say?
Actually, it has EVERYTHING to do with me, are you that slow?
You already know, and if you don't then you really must have an IQ of below 70.
You know what it has to do with me, now grow a pair and do the right thing, there is an email discussion waiting just for you, me and you, you know where to go. You can say all that you need to say, using your real name, whatever you want. You can even start it with a blank email, so that it is untraceable. Does that really scare you that much? You are really that weak and pathetic that you can't face up to people? If you can confirm that you are, which I will assume you are, I will walk away knowing that your opinion isn't worth the oxygen that you consume.
Footballers truth is you can't write, you are a hubpage fly by night, I have seen hundreds of you. Just give up mate because you won't ever make money.
Yeah good one, I will still make four figures on hubpages even with this crash. By the sounds of it I will still take 70-80% more traffic than you too. Give up mate, you won't ever make any money, seen hundreds like you
Thought you didn't know who I was? And now you claim incredible insight? Good one spaz.
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