Well, my hub traffic has hit yet another new yearly low. I've thrown in the towel as far as doing anything about it; the one exception being the writing of new hubs if/when a brilliant idea comes to mind.
I'm going to concentrate my activities on the Q&A side of things for awhile and see how that works out. As long as the traffic keeps coming there, I'll keep posting questions and reciprocating answers and/or hub comments.
My traffic is actually the best it's ever been barring the occasional facebook mini-viral. This comes after a month where google hated me so much that I couldn't find most of my hubs even after cutting and pasting their title into the search engine.
Vimier, I think you should give your hubs more of a chance before you start taking them down. 5 weeks is not enough time to determine how they will perform over time. The longer hubs are up, the more traffic they will get. It's a snowball effect. My advice is not to worry about scores right now. Keep writing quality hubs, stay active in the forums, keep making comments on others' hubs, and don't go on "following sprees." Lots of new hubbers do that not realizing it lowers your author score. I looked at a few of your hubs brielfy and it seems to me that you are off to a good start. I say leave all your hubs up and let them mature.
Yeah, I agree. You write some amazing stuff Vimier, stick around. I got pretty discouraged too my first 6 months. I let my hubs just sit here while I studied more about SEO, Titles, Traffic, followers and the like. March is being a really good month for me! Stick around!
I think my most viewed Hubs are successful mainly due to the titles. I don't get any real impression that quality or content really counts for a lot despite what Google says. I think that what I would say are some of my best Hubs are playing to empty galleries because they're just not Google-friendly. It seems to be without good keywords in the title you won't get it off the gound. Maybe I'm wrong.
I also am in that bucket that enjoyed the bottom falling out over the last two days. It's always been that my views were higher on weekends than on weekdays. But this past weekend, I saw my traffic take a huge drop. Roller coaster indeed.
Yes, I've heard about Panda having started eating up websites since Friday. It struck my subdomain so hard that I got into a bad mood. I'm wondering whether this is just temporarily or if I should expect my traffic to remain this low.
It seems like Google is updating their algorythms quite regularly Perhaps they're making last minute changes to the recent PANDA update. Thus, results are different on the same keyword(s) and keyword phrases almost daily. It's a bit frustrating.
I assume, for me last week, that my account got crawled and my subdomain set off a flag with Google. Traffic disconnected while it investigated more closely? A gracious acceptance of my content and a return of traffic? Who knows.
Well, I'm not wanting to make anyone feel discouraged, but today has been my best day ever, views-wise. I think, though, it's because I had been inactive for so long. Back at the end of December I had only 13 hubs, but over the last few months I have slowly added more and improved some of the old ones. I think I'm just on an uptick in general because of that.
*shrugs* I assume I'll be back here in a few days asking why my traffic has fallen.
I am doing the 30/30 challenge, and 23 hubs in my traffic is down to approx 1500 to 2000 views less per day than it was before I started the challenge. Effectively each hub I have published has not increased my views one iota, but instead I have less views than beforehand. Naturally the new hubs have had a load of views, some more than others, but clearly those views have been outnumbered drastically by the lost views elsewhere. All very odd and I am glad the challenge is nearly over as I can then go off and get growing my vegetables for the summer and hope to see views pick up when I check my stats at the end of each day (doubt I will do much more writing until I see an improvement of some kind in figures.)
My traffic is up and down like whores drawers as my granddad used to say!
The difference between weekdays and weekends is now greater than it was and currently the peaks and troughs are lower than they were a month or so ago. But I have given up taking too much notice, I will just continue regardless and hope that things eventually settle down...
Mine is like that too..weekday traffic is great but the slide on the weekends is crazy.. almost like what it was six months ago.. and like Mistyhorizon said the 30/30 does not seem to help at all... I would be better off not to take notice of this and just keep doing what I had done while I was in the sand box... hoping that this too shall pass.,..
Its just a real shame that my traffic improving seems to have coincided with others losing theirs. And it could also be flat on the floor again next week lol. Be interesting to see if the questions being attached to subdomains changes things, though I have not managed to ask any high traffic questions yet.
I am only a few days old and trying to figure out the same thing as well, back links. Need help here, can some one tell me how to use Stumbleupon and Delicious. I have signed up, but cant seem to know how get back links to my hubs. Any one?
I followed advice from RebeckaElle (sorry if I didn't spell that right) and improved my hubs to make them more attractive to Google -- things like moving a photo or two above the fold. I also added a video to many of my hubs, even though I was resisting videos only a few weeks ago. In fact I called videos "clutter" here on the forums not long ago.
In February I was earning maybe two or three cents a day, or 18 or 19 cents on a good day. Some days Google was sending me only 2 or 3 visitors. Yesterday I had my first ever day that hit over 300 visits to my hubs, and earned over one dollar. I know that is small potatoes for most of you but it is a big milestone for me! I am bracing myself for the fall back to 18 cents, though, LOL.
Wow, 300 visits in one day, that is really good. Just keep writing and doing all the writing in the most attractive way for you. The up and down Google roller coaster ride can drive ya crazy if ya let it. I then go onto questions and answers for a while. Longevity is the key.
Perhaps it's merely a short fall, Soni and not like that suffered by Izzy, myself, and others. I'm back at the same rate of traffic I had early in my first year here. Seems more and more Hubbers are being hit by the Google bots as the weeks roll by. Perhaps it will turn around again, but nothing seems to be dependable anymore. Good luck!
You got just one hub which is at the most just 12 days old. Are you getting any Google traffic? If not then you'll have blue arrows that's for sure.. Newly published hubs do get internal traffic for a while but not forever. Your aim should be to get traffic from Search Engines as that's where people are in search of what you've written!
Your Hub is quite well formatted, didn't have the time to read it though so never commented. You could always change the title to make it more search engine friendly Growing cucumbers is too broad a phrase.
Try: growing cucumbers in your backyard growing cucumber in your garden How to grow Cucumbers Tips to help you grow Cucumbers
Or something similar - Those are just ideas. I've not researched them do a bit of research and let your hub age I'm sure you'll get traffic as My tomato hubs are similar and now they're getting traffic. They were no where in the first few months (Of course tomato season is just beginning but they were low on Search Engines and slowly crept up as I kept modifying them and altering them)
What Brandon said is right. When you first publish your hub, usually it will get traffic from fellow hubbers wanting to check it out. So views dropping after the first couple of days is no big deal. It takes time for the search engines to find your hub, and then they have to feel good about recommending it. Keep writing hubs, though. The more (quality) pages you have on your subdomain,the more confident the search engines will feel about showing your hubs in their results. Not that search engines have feelings, LOL. Or maybe they do!
My traffic was holding steady for the longest time around 30 views a day with 43 hubs. I hadn't written anything new for a while so I worked on building backlinks for a bit (redgage, forums when applicable, etc...) and I've noticed a few of my hubs rise in the results ranking on Google and as well as an increase in traffic from Google. Makes me very happy!
Fwiw, Google refreshed its Panda database on Friday. But we won't be able to measure the impact until next week, since traffic always dips Friday, plummets Saturday, stays somewhat down Sunday, and pops back up to Thursday's level on Monday.
Check Quantcast.com and input hubpages.com to see how traffic is doing across the whole site.
My traffic sank through the sand and I too like the other Hubbers threw in the towel and was stark naked. I finally was so distraught as you know, I unpublished many of my hubs - about 10%.
Then on March 20th I have no idea what happened, my traffic is through the roof - higher than even before Panda - oh, I hate to put this in print for fear Google will see and plunge me back into oblivion again.
Strangely, my traffic is at its highest level ever and my Hub score is at my all time low. What give? Did I make the Hub gods' jealous with Google's admiration?
I don't get it - I must give up trying to figure this out.
Any words of wisdom? Will my traffic and earnings now forever plunge once again?
Guess Google is at work doing what it thinks it should do. Since December, my views are down from 1400 on a good day to 400 on a good day. I don't know if it has anything to do with my content (original, green) or with the association with HP, whose views are also dramatically down, according to quantcast. Tasting sour grapes.
The ironic thing is that my total traffic is higher than its ever been( mostly due to reddit) but my google traffic has plummeted. Does google frown on people posting their articles on websites like reddit, or am I just being paranoid?
The last couple days my traffic is higher than it has ever been, but this could be because I just finished a 30/30 yesterday. Having said that however, my google traffic continues to grow and is so much better than my HP traffic.
Well my traffic is now right back down where it was a week or so ago. Nice while it lasted, but is this fall going to last 7 months like last time? There really doesn't seem to be any rhyme nor reason to it.
Good news on the shooting back up, sorry to hear that there has been no movement upwards on your main account, but I'm sure that is only a matter of time. Keeps us on our toes I guess. Wonder if moving my questions to my subdomain is what clobbered it - knew it was a mistake to mention Justin Bieber lol!
Rats, Cynthia! I was sure hoping your surge held up for a while! It sounds like what I experienced in Dec. but mine only lasted a couple of days. It's almost like a spit in the face when they tease you with a few days of what used to be normalcy. Sorry to hear you have re-plunged. I saved your spot in the sandbox just in case, though!
That's a relief Randy, thanks for saving my space as I wasn't looking forward to having to try and bag a new spot or make new friends!
It's hard to see how an article can be worthy of ranking one day, then not the next, and then comes into favour again. But we're strapped into the roller coaster for the ride, so I suppose we might as well try and enjoy it lol!
Stacie, just make your hubs look better. Format them better add more pics and videos realted to your hubs. I've noticed that I'm getting more shares on social networks that way and hence a bit of traffic as well. It's just happening on the hubs that I added more pics and videos to.
@Randy Godwin Yeah! No doubt about it, that I was having an account earlier. But I was completely noob and I was not having any idea of what activities to perform on Hubpages. I did mistake of clicking on ads (not knowingly) on the Hubs that I came across and my account got restricted. And now I have came back with dedication and commitment to follow all the necessary guidelines and to be good in my activities.
Glad to hear it. Hope you're settling in. Video sounds good and should be a great tool. Not sure how to use it, however, as SMS messaging is my technological limit to date - and that's only a skill under development!
Maybe add to your Campbeltown Hub with the journey home, or start a new Hub for British travellers to Spain? No rush, I suppose - I would take a few days at least to think about it.
You've even brought the Spanish climes to Scotland - what a lady!
@IzzyM Traffic is good to have, but it is not my first intention (to be honest). I like interacting with others and to provide response. There is no way I'm patronizing you and other great Hubbers. I'm just a newbie and I have to learn lots of things. Thank you for your reply
If traffic is not your 'first intention', then why have you written a hub on promoting hubs on social networks? Sounds like gaining traffic is a priority of yours - nothing wrong with that, but a bit rich to come over all pious because we are discussing our traffic woes?
@CMHypno As I said traffic is always good to have, but as I'm noob I'm less focused on traffic as I have to do a lot of hard work to get traffic. Who doesn't need traffic? but I don't want to be only focused on traffic, if rather I could interact with other Hubbers it will be good for me to get some experiences.
To Cynthia and Gordon, I was boiling in my winter woollies after landing! Weather was beautiful but today there is (was) a bitter wind and the scent of rain in the air. Still, it's only March what can we expect?
I was sick of the bloody sunshine anyway lol
Oh, and my new wee USB wifi signal booster found me 3 open networks here, so no rush to install my own. This is great, high speed FREE internet lol
Lots of new hubs getting started, but not on this subdomain because it is a waste of time and space until traffic returns (IF traffic returns).
Wooh! Just made it out on time before they blockade all the ports and airports! Getting back might be another issue! Maybe I'll get a chocolate Easter egg with year?
Haven't had one for 11 years - the Spanish don't go in for them. In fact for a so-called religious country they don't seem to celebrate either Easter or Christmas. But there is a fiesta every other week in celebration of some unknown and unheard of saint or another.
Ahh, the Gulf Stream will soothe you back in to it, Izzy. Had to laugh at you saying the scent of rain in the air - my fishing mates slate me for that even though I have been proven right a thousand times!
I actually know what you mean about getting sick of the sunshine. While it's nice for a while, sometimes there is nothing better than a cold, salty sea wind getting lashed in your face from a for'ard deck.
Your new start is going to bring your traffic back - I have a feeling in my seawater and legs. Lets hope so, anyway.
I'm a brand new member but thought I'd join in the discussion. Obviously, I'm still learning and since most of you have been here a lot longer than me, perhaps I can learn from all of you. I too would love to hear any tips in driving more traffic to our hubpages.
On a related note, this site is very addicting and I've been enjoying reading, commenting on, and voting on hubs on various topics.
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