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Lost 50% traffic again. Do Google updates always hit HubPages?

  1. ankitharrytom profile image77
    ankitharrytomposted 5 years ago

    After the previous week downslide and recovery, the traffic again slumped to 50%
    Is HubPages always affected on the wrong side by any Google update?

    1. lobobrandon profile image90
      lobobrandonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Not everyone is.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      No, we all have separate sub-domains, so some people are affected and some are not.  It comes down to your own content.

      1. sabrebIade profile image52
        sabrebIadeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I really wish the people that weren't would start a thread!
        I need to see something positive for once!
        A little "cheerleading" now and then can't hurt!

      2. rebekahELLE profile image88
        rebekahELLEposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I think it's really hard to determine if it simply is 'down to your own content'.
        It appears it may have more to do with backlinks which we can't control. There are plenty of people who have been hit that have quality content. It seems many who have been hit have hundreds of hubs.
        I'm one who was not hit, and I don't have a lot of hubs, but I do have a decent amount of natural backlinks. 

        I hope those who have been hit hard recover! It's disturbing to read how many have been affected.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image97
          Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          You are absolutely right, backlinks may be an issue for some Hubbers - but it's very important people don't just throw their hands up, say "it's not me, it's my backlinks" and do nothing. 

          I'm not being holier-than-thou - I've been through it myself, so I do know how it feels.   I was hit in early December (as were a few other Hubbers).  75% of my traffic disappeared overnight.  I looked very hard at my content and made several changes.  With this latest update, my traffic has come back.  I'll probably never know which of my changes made the difference - but it shows that it's worth trying.

          As for backlinks - I've seen some people complaining that they can't control who backlinks to them, but it's highly unlikely that has anything to do with it.  Google is targeting "unnatural" linking patterns, characteristic of people who game the system.  It's extremely unlikely that any Hubber could  have collected enough "unnatural" links accidentally to bother Google.

  2. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 5 years ago

    As I've mentioned in other forums. It may not be you but one of the 'other' sites where your link is attached. If they get 'G' slapped, their site goes down along with your own link tongue sucks but the message is to watch where you place your links besides 'bad neighborhoods'. Hope that helps. smile

  3. leahlefler profile image98
    leahleflerposted 5 years ago

    My traffic has been stable through the last Google update - but it was hit hard in the October "tweak" last year. I have seen some recovery since that point in time, but it is very slow.

  4. sofs profile image82
    sofsposted 5 years ago

    Some of the content that I have seen for the last few days on top of google searches has been crappy.. I wonder if it is really 'down to your own content'. I have stayed up and afloat through the other panda attacks.. but this one has taken 50% of my traffic..I don't backlink to say the least.

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      summerberrieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      sofs, I noticed this too! Especially in G Chrome. And in some cases what comes up isn't necessarily "crap" but unrelated to my search, so these people will probable get a high bounce rate and not have any control over it.

  5. wowsite1234 profile image60
    wowsite1234posted 5 years ago

    I think the traffic goes up and down every day.  Just think about it, even though you might get a couple hits today, there may not be too many searches for your keywords tommorow.

    1. ankitharrytom profile image77
      ankitharrytomposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      If it had been a slight variation, it would have been understandable. But a drop of 200 to less than 100 visits on my best article in 1 day doesn't at all sound normal. The figures have not improved much even now, so that's why it is depressing.
      And it is not that it is a short period article, this is one which should have a increasing traffic nowadays.

  6. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    My traffic is level and unaffected.  I haven't been commenting on the threads about this because I don't want to imply that I have any idea what I "did right"--if such a concept applies. But I can confirm than some hubbers are not effected by this particular panda.  I did get hammered by the previous one and gradually recovered to exceed previous performance (despite changing absolutely nothing).

    Panda are fickle beasts.