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Loss in Traffic?

  1. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    Hey Hubbers,

    I would like to take this opportunity to possibly give you a bit of help. Now, I'm not the greatest at SEO or even understanding Google.

    However, almost everyone who has probably had massive amounts of comments on other peoples hubs and/or had hubs that received massive amounts of comments, then you are likely to have been affected by the most recent changes on HP.

    Now, if I am correct, the most recent change was to the comment section of hubs. If you noticed or not, there are no more hyperlinks generated, either for YOU the author or for those who are leaving comments. Which means, that any previous juice you received for related links to your profile page is gone.

    The change to the comment section wiped out all links, except for those that were actually left in comments. The links where your "name" are gone. So, is the juice that came with it.

    Why this change was made? Probably to prevent SPAM and other people from putting in links that are unrelated to your content, but that would be my guess.

    If staff cares to address and tell why this change was actually made, then I would be glad to hear it.

    Cagsil.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Could be.  I'm not one of the plungers (yet!) and I've only gotten less than 800 comments total.

      1. Cagsil profile image61
        Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Hey Wilderness, nice to see you. smile

        I just realized that the comment section have lost the link juice where the names of the people leaving comments. All previous comments, those links are gone and any new comments don't have links in them(where the name is).

        So, those who were high level commentators on hubs, lost a lot of link juice. If you have low amounts of comments or are a low level commentator on hubs, then you will not see a drastic loss. hmm

        It would seem that those who comment more often, are really not helping themselves out anymore and those who were commenting on hubs to begin with, are now on a level playing field.

        1. Randy Godwin profile image92
          Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Over 2700 for mine because of the many questions I answer to those visiting my repair hubs to solve their problems.  So I may be punished because my hubs furnish answers to problems they are looking for?  That's just great! How dare I give them what they are searching for in the first place!  What was I thinking?smile

          1. Rochelle Frank profile image89
            Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            3100+ for me and level VI-- my views, 'AdCents' and HPads are all up.

            1. Randy Godwin profile image92
              Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              We have such different results, Rochelle.  There doesn't seem to be any pattern to different Hubber's experiences lately.  smile

              1. Rochelle Frank profile image89
                Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                That's why I don't think this theory works-- there's something we are not seeing. Anyone who knows what it is, is not telling.

                1. Randy Godwin profile image92
                  Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  I don't believe anyone knows, Rochelle.  This is what really concerns me.  Many are jumping around changing things merely because "someone else" suggests it may be a problem.  In the meantime, those who haven't changed these same things claim they haven't been affected.

                  I get the feeling we aren't meant to understand how to stay in G's good graces.  Control seems to be the goal here.  Not a good sign.  smile

      2. Evan Hutchinson profile image72
        Evan Hutchinsonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        No loss for me, but then again, I rarely comment on hubs.

    2. paradigmsearch profile image85
      paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

      The links are still there via the icon and name I think. smile

      1. Cagsil profile image61
        Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Actually, you would be correct. They are still links on the avatar and name. However, they are no longer highlighted.

        My guess would be incorrect and my last post would also be incorrect.

        Oh well. I guess this thread can be discarded into the junk pile.

    3. Rochelle Frank profile image89
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago

      What is "massive amounts"? I make quite a few comments and get quite a few, I think-- but have seen a good boost in traffic-- (about 100% more).
      Weekends have always been lower, but even this holiday weekend they are higher than what my usual weekday highs had been.

    4. Richieb799 profile image61
      Richieb799posted 6 years ago

      I disable a lot of comment sections on my hubs so this could why I wasn't affected but the few that I didn't get around to removing are still getting comments with spammy links even the last couple of days!

    5. Will Apse profile image87
      Will Apseposted 6 years ago

      According to Yahoo, the thousands of links to my profile page come mainly from comments I have on other people's pages,comments I have made on my own pages plus forum posts.

      So I reckon, nothing has changed much from the situation a year ago.

    6. Silver Rose profile image75
      Silver Roseposted 6 years ago

      Well I just checked the source code for the hubs - in the comments, the links to the hubbers name and avatar are still there - and they are still dofollow.

    7. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 6 years ago

      Like I said already, the links are not highlighted. Yes, I made a mistake at posted and this was already admitted.

      So, I have no explanation for those who lost traffic, but did try to explain it. Which is also why I said this thread is useless.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image85
        paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        You, however, are definitely not. smile smile smile

      2. Will Apse profile image87
        Will Apseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        It wasn't quite useless for me. I noticed that followers (fans) get no follow links. Which I hadn't noticed before.

        1. Cagsil profile image61
          Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Interesting...? hmm

        2. paradigmsearch profile image85
          paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Not for me either. I think I'll go post a few comments, even though I am classified as a Level One Commentator and am therefore considered to be slime. lol smile

          1. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            There's good slime and there's bad slime, ya know.  Ask any snail or slug.   Think positive thoughts, Para!  lol

    8. David 470 profile image87
      David 470posted 6 years ago

      I don't believe affects me because most people that comment are guests or authors that do not post links.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image92
        Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Most of my comments are from visitors who are asking for help with problems addressed by the particular article they are commenting on.  I never allow spammy links or other clearly self-serving comments.

        Many of those commenting reply again stating their gratitude for my help in solving their problems and praising my hubs for their usefulness and easy to understand repair procedures. 

        Many new visitors read the comments to find similar problems they may be facing as well as the article itself.  People linked my hubs because they found them, and their associated comments, helpful to them.  So if the comments are causing my traffic to be penalized, then this indicates Google doesn't want to give priority to what searchers claim they are looking for.

        But I really don't believe the comments are my problem as they are carefully monitored for suspect links.  smile

        1. David 470 profile image87
          David 470posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I have received spammy links before, but never approved them, unless by accident, but I guess this update will get rid of them anyway.

          Some visitors who were authors posted links on my hubs that were relevant, but it happened seldomly.

          The majority of my commentators are guests under the age of 16 I assume. One article I wrote in 2010 is like a discussion panel about a video game lmao. smile It has gathered 100s of views.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I've never allowed spammy comments for the very reason of them possibly being frowned upon by G and HP, and because they were obviously self serving to the commenter.  In other words, I tried to only allow pertinent comments and info.

            One of my most trafficked hubs has almost 300 comments and tens of thousands of views over its short lifetime.  It was earning me around $75 per month Adsense and also garnered me some nice high commission sales on Amazon also before my overnight plunge.

            And no, it wasn't a sales oriented hub, but rather a troubleshooting and repair article which helped many people solve problems.  My comments--or questions for the most part--came from adults who seemed pleased by my hubs.  Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of...well...the heartless?  smile

      2. relache profile image87
        relacheposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I find most of the comments on my Hubs fit the above scenario and thus I'm not bothered by this change at all.  I am very strict about not approving comments that contain URLs or email addresses so I do a fair amount of disapproving anyway.

     
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