Last night over a 6 hour period, according to HP stats, one particular hub of mine got 3000 views. All from Facebook, apparently, but I was surprised because I keep an eye on Analytics real time and hadn't seen any upswing. Adsense registered none of them either. Had a close look at Analytics and it only showed something like 27 views from Facebook on that hub during this period. And of course today, they are not on Hubads either. So, no loss because I knew they weren't real. But I am dying to know what happened? Was there a glitch at HP?
Last Friday, one of my Hubs had more than 5,000 views from Twitter. I actually went to Twitter on trending topics, however, and found that some guy in Florida (whom I don't know) had shared it with a huge following. It might be genuine, Izzy! Then again, despite many frustrating hours spent trying, I have never been able to register for nor understand Google Analytics, so I don't understand the relevance of the information from that source...
I got 120 FB views in one day once but the views seemed real because they are still in there in the stats. It was not the FB general views but some Facebook Apps. So I don't know if that makes a difference, it could be something similar.
Izzy, from my experience, not all views register on Google Analytics. I have some websites where I know had hits because of other things (responses to the site) but the Analytics was showing up as zero visits to those sites.
Several of us were hit by a scamming site a week or so ago (Skylancers), and we reported it. However, it took a while for us to realize they were malicious hits, and of course it messed up our numbers, so we all look like we had a surge of traffic and then a drop. Maybe you should report this to HP admin, in case there's a fake FB site trying to pull tricks?
I'm just dropping in to say that I had the same thing happen to my hubs (on a smaller scale) on the same day that this happened to you all. Today I started getting google traffic again (after weeks of one or two google views a day). Even hubs that didn't have any traffic before my mini-separation with google are getting views now.
I hope this means the same thing for you guys... especially Izzy.
My overall traffic is pretty low, but I have over 150 views to one of my breast cancer hubs that usually gets about 20 views a day. Only 12 views are from "discernable sources". Looks like about half of th 20/day are usually from "other".
I've had word back from HP and it seems that all the activity came from a single IP address.
By now, I've had emails from other hubbers who this has happened to. I have encouraged them to post their experience on this thread, but it seems they have chosen not to.
That is entirely their prerogative, but at least we now all know that there is someone using some kind of software to artificially boost our hubs, but which is being ignored by Google. (and so can't harm our Adsense accounts).
Now is as good a time as any to remind folks to keep their Windows Update updated.
Seems a new Chinese worm is intent on harming Windows computers.
Izzy and I both reported it. As we reported in the thread, HP said in both our cases that it looked like all the views came from the same IP address. They said not to worry about it, but to report any additional suspicious activity.
Not sure either. It crossed my mind to check as well though. For me it was a matter of suspicious activity, and wondering if there was any other suspicious activity, such as copied.
Seeing as almost all my hubs have been copied by multiple sources, and that all the copies are ranking higher in Google than mine, I would largely discount this "traffic surge from Facebook" as having anything to do with copying hubs.
After all, there was no surge before.
Is your normal traffic back yet Rosemary? I saw you posting your traffic was back to Nov 2010 levels.
I'd like to get back that level too!! But in all seriousness, sounds like you a experiencing a big drop.
Yes, I'm up from the recent low numbers similar to Nov 2010, back to my recent normal range, which is about what it was Sept 2011. I make a little entry into a Word doc every 100,000 visits. I log date, views for that day, and the 100-whichever thousand. When I logged 900,000+ today, I was a little surprised/sick at the dive in numbers. But...
I had a really good Nov & Dec because of some seasonal hubs. So maybe my new lower average traffic is normal for me, but I think there is something else at work, driving my numbers a bit lower. I've seen a few posts from time to time that traffic is down site-wide.
They haven't showed up. To be honest, I expected that to be the case. It was a hub about something I've used, thought was effective, but had no commercial value. I never expected it to make any money, I haven't even promoted it in any way. It was one those "this is good stuff" hubs, written in no time, for those who are looking for that type of product. That was it.
I still haven't figured out the real-time views thingie - but I think that's only available in the "new" version of Analytics, isn't it? I can't get that, for some reason. I think it has to do with my browser or some such, and I haven't convinced myself yet that it's worth the trouble to change.
There may be more than one reason for the problem, but when I tried the New Version again (after these posts), I got this very clear message onscreen: "Your browser is not supported." Well, those were not the exact words, but it was the exact meaning. I'll update to a newer version sometime soon and try again.
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