Did you check your traffic source? If you're sure it bounced back to normal, it must be your hubs specific, or there are more traffic comes from HP itself, or traffic fluctuate, sometimes you feel it has come back but it hasn't. I thought mine had, but after all it is not the case at all. Feels like all imaginations
Traffic is like a seesaw for me. HP Ads compensate for the lost Google adsense earnings. Even if sometimes views are back to normal, CTR or eCPM is not good. This is the same with all my accounts. Sales hubs are the ones not converting at all (both for adsense and amazon.
I just saw that graph, shocking... I had to find a thread to rant in, I don't know where I am, one minute earnings go up..traffic did drop a little after the Google Algo hit but I wrote a hub on the weekend that is getting me an extra 200 views a day to make up for the loss. What I don't get is I had a good weekend with high earnings and then today the traffic is still high but earnings very poor? I seem to get a Monday low in my experience
The only recovery will be from people writing new hubs... and my guess is that has dropped off substantially.
Additional recovery can come by getting authority to your hubs (one way or another). If no authority is gained, then traffic will remain much as it has with increases coming from new hubs that are able to rank for keywords.
The problem is HP probably doesn't know what to say as it's across the board.
We know they've said product hubs have done bad. I suspect that's because there were too man chiefs writing about the same (duplicate) subject. Actually I don't suspect, I've seen the trends...
1 HP is on the front page for any certain 3-4 word keyword and everyone else on HP that's written about the same subject can just lick their dust or try to beat them. (Age matters)
Hubs that could get at the top of google (by top I mean the very first position which gets 58% of clicks) for 3-4 word keywords have little chance now unless an authority site hasn't written about it. By authority, I've learned that Google means lots of backlinks and PR (PR not included for HP,Squidoo, or other content farms as you have to get that for yourself now... I suspect . Actually I don't suspect I... you get the point
Looking back over February and to date, my worst days were March 2,3 and 4 since the Google slap. Traffic seems to have held at a constant except for a few bad days. I am actually up 8,000 hits this year compared to last. (February 1st through March 14th).
I saw a big fall in eCPM when the US traffic dissapeared. That is to be expected, that is the largest AdSense market gone.
We are now left with the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand. They are the English speaking countries left, that is where your decent AdSense clicks can still come from.
Traffic from non-English speaking countries is almost worthless or just doesn't exist. You aren't going to be getting big clicks from Indonesia or India, put it that way. A 10p click from India is a $2 from the US.
But, I also saw a huge decline in CTR with the new ad layout, this could be one of three things:
a) The new ad layout doesn't convert as well. b) It takes a while for ads to become highly relevant, Google has to crawl 1 million pages and figure out what to put where following the move about. c) A bit of both.
If there wasn't a change in ad layout I would be worried that Google had put the site into a lower pricing category. That is still a possibility I suppose, but it is probably too much of coincidence to be anything other than the things mentioned above.
If my CTR was to return to its state one week ago then my AdSense earnings would probably be OK. I suspect that AdSense earnings will begin to recover soon though.
Yesterday was my best traffic day since the end of the world - sorry, google algo change.
Traffic isn't back up to pre change levels yet but it heading in the right direction and crucially adsense is also picking up (though my analytics isn't reporting properly at the moment so I'm not sure where it's coming from).
I haven't really removed any news or RSS feeds - except some I came across when fixing amazon hubs which added no relevance.
What I have started doing is backlinking (externally). This is something I think I now consider a necessary evil - I'm never going to do it to a great extent but even 3 or 4 per hub (on the ones I've done to date) seems to make a difference.
Of course none of this has any scientific basis and is purely my observation - but it's given me something to focus on, and sometimes that's all you need.
My views are all up and down still, had a very good week last week but the weekend bombed, Monday was my best day ever so it's still all over the place. My adsense is doing OK- I have made payout again this month so I'm quite happy with that. My Amazon took a massive knock as a lot of my hubs are sales related. I have followed Nellie's advice and converted quite a few hubs back to adsense only. I'm on the verge of the threshold for March so will at least get a check from Amazon. Things could be better, but at least reaching payout keeps me motivated. Am really looking forward to joining the new ad prog whenever I get the invite.
Sorry, I didn't see your response. If you are just talking about hubpages, I believe that their new ad placements are not converting well yet, but should return once google chews over the substantial changes to the million or so pages it needs to crawl.
Anyway, from what I can tell Panda II is on its way, google is doing an extremely deep crawl of my sites right at the moment. There is another update coming, imminently, IMHO,
People need to stop thinking about when "we" are going to have a recovery, as in a sitewide one, as this may not ever happen.
Instead that need to concentrate on how "I" or "you" are going to have a recovery. The precedent has already been set with Squidoo, their 2007 Google slap lasted for 2 years.
Recoveries were on an individual lens basis and were relative to the amount of work that users were willing to put into off-site promotion of those individual lenses, in other words backlinks.
If you are sitting waiting for Hubpages as a site to be pinged back up Google then you are likely to be dissapointed. If you want to see your own Hubpages move back up Google, then there is something that you can do about that.
The hubs which have held up best are those which are mature and have mature backlinks, and this is coming from somebody who backlinked the first half of his Hubpages and not his second half. Over the next few months you will see me publishing hardly anything, and probably dissapearing from the site completely, whilst I spend my days religiously backlinking.
That is how Squidoo INDIVIDUALS recovered, and that is also the reason why Squidoo as a whole did not drop as much as Hubpages. Because they have many, many, many, more links leading to their lenses. Hubbers are crap at backlinking, and they are paying the prices as a result.
I'm not talking about black hat SEO, I'm talking about a few articles here and there with backlinks to hubs, a few low quality bookmarks, that is all that was needed to prop up my older hubs.
My traffic is about where it was before the slap with Adsense earnings not much different either. This is my best month ever with Amazon too! I don't backlink much, like PC, just on FB and Twitter. I also didn't have to change any hubs to meet the new standards, so there's that. Who knows?
My traffic to my rippin 4 hubs is down a bit, and my earnings are way off, compared with earnings from other sources, such as my own sites and youtube.
I can say this: I had my hubs plugged into market Samurai and analyzed them weekly or thereabouts. Most of my hubs, after the initial honeymoon period, settled in on the 2nd or 3rd page of google results, rank 20-40ish. Since the algorithm change, they are ALL off the charts at over 100, which means past page 10. This is US search results.
My own sites, on the other hand, are all, across the board, ranking higher than they were. One went from 80ish to 14. I'm thrilled with that!
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