any advice for sinking traffic

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  1. Max Dalton profile image83
    Max Daltonposted 12 years ago

    Hi All:

    My hub traffic has dropped by around 35 to 40 percent over the last couple of days. I know I've read other forum posts from people who were experiencing this, but because my traffic wasn't dropping, I didn't pay good attention. Anyway, any advice would be appreciated. I've been on HP for two months and have 73 hubs. Man, I hope it picks back up. Further, most of my traffic was organic from search engines for the longest time, and I've noticed a couple of my hubs vanished form the first page of the Google results.



    1. lobobrandon profile image88
      lobobrandonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Some of mine vanished as well but appear on the second page now sad
      And others from the fourth page are now on the 2nd. But I was getting more with the ones on the first page sad sad sad

  2. Max Dalton profile image83
    Max Daltonposted 12 years ago

    Thanks, lobo. I'll just cross my fingers that some of that traffic comes back. I figured my traffic was in a stage of churning, but I didn't realize what the bottom of the churning range was; hopefully, I've found it and I can start working my way back up.

  3. Will Apse profile image88
    Will Apseposted 12 years ago

    I hate to say this Max but it looks as if many of your pages have sandboxed.

    I searched for several of your pages with long and very specific titles (just putting the titles into the search engine). They should have been number one in Google but I couldn't see them anywhere.

    When I searched for paragraphs from your pages they were not coming up in search as they should.

    I don't know if there has been a Panda run but your account is showing signs of being a Panda victim.

    If that is the case it really seems entirely undeserved.

    1. Max Dalton profile image83
      Max Daltonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the explanation, Will. I have seen that happen to other people on here. Yeah, I don't feel like I deserved to get poleaxed. I have read some people on here who claim to get sandboxed and then a few days later they're right back to where they were before they got hit. Weird.

      I really hope it changes. It's a good feeling to see hard work on hubs pay off. I guess I'll just let it simmer for a few days and see what happens.

      Thanks again for taking the time to explain.


  4. tamron profile image66
    tamronposted 12 years ago

    Hi Max
    I remember the first Panda I experienced.  It liked to have drove me nuts.  I thought I was the worst writer.  What did I do wrong?  My best efforts didn't increase my traffic.

    Then I remembered one of my articles on ehow about "Raising Worms"It was on first page there was only one other article about raising worms.  The first year it was published I think I earned 2cents.  The next year I earned $200 on just that article.  That article out performed all my articles.  Ehow now owns that article.

    I think you been on hubpages about 2 months.  If I were you I would focus on my writing and forget about the traffic and earnings worrying about it won't improve your traffic or earnings.

    Any writer on Hubpages or anywhere else will tell you some articles just don't earn.  They may get a fair amount of traffic but very little earnings.

    Some articles earn right away.  Some are steady earners.  Google is unpredictable and so is the traffic and the advertisers constantly changes.  So the way I figure it.  I can't control none of that so I write the best way I know how.  If I have what I call a less than perfect article because I wasn't in the mood to write and it is a year old I tweak those only if I can't find or think of something to write about.

    1. Max Dalton profile image83
      Max Daltonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, tamron. This also really helps. I think I am just gonna keep writing, go with the flow and see what happens. I may also take your advice and poke through some of my old articles and see what could have been done or said better.



  5. leahlefler profile image94
    leahleflerposted 12 years ago

    Hi Max,

    I just Googled "Panda Update January 2012" and there is some chatter about a possible Panda update on January 4-5. Nothing official, but it looks like several sites were hit from the discussion forums.

    Hang in there - I was slammed by the October 13 "minor algorithm change" and my traffic has slowly been crawling back.

    1. lobobrandon profile image88
      lobobrandonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I do think there was a Panda update because all my hubs have seen a drastic change some going crashing (not literally just hopped onto the second page) and some from not in the top 100 are now on the second page. Others from page 4 to page 2 etc and some from page 3 to out of the top 200!!. The yahoo and bing stats are constant. So I do say something has happened maybe a minor Panda or a teddy bear big_smile.. Just one hub hasn't moved a mile it stayed put by losing just 1 rank.

    2. Max Dalton profile image83
      Max Daltonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi leahlefler,

      Thanks for the explanation. I'm gonna fight the good fight and see what happens. At least HP is a cool place to ride out a storm, lol.


  6. sofs profile image78
    sofsposted 12 years ago

    Max, I think you have got some wonderful advise...just hang on.. I had been sand boxed for almost six months....and traffic just would build up... no matter what I did, I just hung around and wrote some more, with a heavy heart of course... and I was rewarded with my traffic increasing three fold. It is really hard going through it.. I do hope yours will be shorter and you will come out of all this stronger. God Bless!!

    1. Max Dalton profile image83
      Max Daltonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hi sofs,

      No doubt, I'm gonna keep rolling and just see what happens!



      1. eddiecarrara profile image95
        eddiecarraraposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I know this won't make you feel any better Max,  but I was just nailed!!! I guess I'll just keep pounding away at the key's.

  7. wordscribe43 profile image89
    wordscribe43posted 12 years ago

    Sorry to hear it, Max.  Just hang in there and keep doing what you're doing.  I, too went through it from 8/10/11 to 10/30/11 and emerged with WAY more traffic than ever.

    I can't see any reason you'd be penalized, like Izzy and Randy it just seems baffling.  But, Google is an odd bird.

    Hang in there and just keep writing.

  8. Winterfate profile image94
    Winterfateposted 12 years ago

    Hmm, that seems to explain why my traffic has dropped by about 50% in the last two or three days or so. hmm

    Oh well, it'll keep climbing back up eventually.


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