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May 3 or 4 Change in Traffic - anyone?

  1. Marisa Wright profile image95
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago

    I've just checked my Analytics and I can see a definite change in my traffic on May 3 and 4. 

    My HubPages account seems to be heading for the toilet again, after recovering all its traffic in the last Panda.   All my other sites are affected by 20-30% - some up, some down.

    It looks very like its some kind of adjustment, because it seems to be undoing the benefits (or hits) that I got at the last update.  Anyone else?

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Much the same, except that I've seen a very slow, steady decline since about February.

      May 4, however, shows  a definite steepening of the graph (down), continued on May 5.  Today looks like it may flatten out, but then Sunday is generally a good, rising, day for me.

      I've lost around 60-70% of my traffic from a high in December.

    2. lobobrandon profile image83
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ya, my traffic fell as well. I was not affected by anything before; but, May 3rd saw a fall. It wasn't the weekend though! http://emeraldgreen21.hubpages.com/ques … so#rc_3144

      My traffic began rising Sunday evening (Indian time) and now the stats are normal (right back up to the usual). But, traffic from google.uk and .ca is just 10 & 11 receptively!! Google.com which went crashing down has picked up and some other countries too have added to the return. But, UK and Canada have crashed big time.

    3. Cardisa profile image91
      Cardisaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      My hubs started their recovery process around that time. I took a hit in April but I saw a slight increase last week and over the weekend my traffic went up again.....not to the figure before April  but definitely an increase in traffic compared to April 19-24. Most of my hubs are showing red arrows now. I was really surprised.

      I think what's happening is the reverse for everyone, those affected negatively before are showing positive signs and vice versa.

  2. LucidDreams profile image72
    LucidDreamsposted 5 years ago

    Traffic has tanked for me over the past week. More updates and the frustration that comes along with them. Now everone is scrambling and trying to figure out what the counter move is. I will probably just hang tight while working on my personal projects.

  3. rebekahELLE profile image89
    rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago

    I don't pay attention to stats approaching or during a weekend.

  4. PaulGoodman67 profile image93
    PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago

    I have no major change that I can decipher.  As rebekah says above, it can be difficult to tell on Fridays because of the weekend drop.  I am already running at below 50% traffic on what I was getting last month, so I don't fancy another hit.  HP is looking like it's in trouble at the moment.

    1. PaulGoodman67 profile image93
      PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Just had another look at Quantcast, overall traffic is way down on February, with the weekly cycle generally becoming more and more stretched between peaks and troughs.

      1. rebekahELLE profile image89
        rebekahELLEposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        It looks like it peaks on Wednesday, starts declining and rises again on Sunday.
        You can see a pattern, that's why it's hard to really detect major issues with the Panda and Penguin being released toward the end of the weeks, unless your traffic clearly is not rising again on Sundays.

        1. PaulGoodman67 profile image93
          PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          The weekly cycle blurs things to some degree, yes.  You can (and should) compare like with like, of course - Friday with previous Fridays, Saturday with previous Saturdays - but I certainly have no decisive changes on the 4th or 5th, just the usual recent crap.

          My point was the weekly cycle is becoming gradually more stretched.

  5. Daughter Of Maat profile image98
    Daughter Of Maatposted 5 years ago

    I'm starting to wonder if this overall drop in traffic doesn't have something to do with hubpages itself? With all the revamping of the layout, I wonder if google has lowered the hubpages ranking. So many of us are experiencing the drop in traffic. Maybe the hubpages redesign process was negatively effected by the panda update?

    Here's a tidbit of info I found interesting. I also write for another website similar to hubpages (no not squidoo... ick, and ironically, my topics are similar there, I don't have as many articles and my traffic has INCREASED!

    Thoughts?

  6. Greekgeek profile image97
    Greekgeekposted 5 years ago

    *stares at Quantcast chart*

    Sensors reading minor fluctuations, captain, but insufficient data to--

    *switches off tricorder*

    Er, I think Hubpages' traffic just dropped a titch, but I'm not 100% sure. Give it another week or so and we'll have a sample size.

    I wonder if there's any site besides Quantcast to give us domain-wide info? Alexa, I guess, but I can't bally understand what they're measuring.

    Hubpages' redesign shouldn't have made that much difference, since it wasn't on every hub, but it did take away two things that Google's algorithm looks at nowadays: Google+ likes and links to related content (related hubs) in the sidebar. Cross-links to relevant content are good; cross-links to non relevant content (as when the box started showing car-related content on everything) not so much.

    1. PaulGoodman67 profile image93
      PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I would say that (according to Quantcast) the overall traffic is following 2 trends at the moment: continuing gradual, incremental decline; and slightly sharper peaks and troughs.

      I can't understand Alexa either.

  7. Daughter Of Maat profile image98
    Daughter Of Maatposted 5 years ago

    Nice star trek reference lol. We were just watching voyager on netflix. I think we're somewhere int the middle of all the seasons.

    I was wondering if the fact that the redesign wasn't sitewide yet that might factor into the google traffic issue. Maybe it may not look cohesive to google? I don't know really, I know nothing of this kind of stuff, I'm just speculating. I'm suffering writers block again, so I'm trying to think creatively lol.

  8. PaulGoodman67 profile image93
    PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago

    I think HP are trying to react to Panda issues like the ads above the fold too, aren't they?  I don't think they're changing layout purely for aesthetics?

    I personally am hoping that the layout changes will bring positive change when a decision is finally taken.

    1. Daughter Of Maat profile image98
      Daughter Of Maatposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Me too, I just wonder if the process is affecting hubpages negatively. Since only a few categories and hubbers have the new layout, I kind of wonder if google views that as subpar.

      Google is like a woman... finicky! lol

  9. lrohner profile image84
    lrohnerposted 5 years ago

    http://i47.tinypic.com/w1tf1g.png

    This (Quantcast) graph shows weekly pageviews from January 1, 2012 until present.

    You can clearly see that things started a gradual decline mid-February, and then took a steeper nosedive the week of April 15th.

  10. profile image0
    SirDentposted 5 years ago

    This is how my traffic has been starting Jan 1 to current day.


    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6575898_f248.jpg

    1. mackyi profile image83
      mackyiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I thought I was the only person experiencing a harsh drop in traffic...something must be causing this. I wonder what !

      1. Cardisa profile image91
        Cardisaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        The Google Penguin and Panda 3.6 updates. The updates started in mid April through May.

        1. PaulGoodman67 profile image93
          PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Yup.  Google just changed the rules again.  2 pandas and a penguin.  What a combination!  smile

          1. lobobrandon profile image83
            lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I wonder when the skunk will pop out!

            1. Cardisa profile image91
              Cardisaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I think the penguin is the skunk in disguise......these updates stink.  lol tongue

              1. lobobrandon profile image83
                lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Then just imagine what the skunk will do!! - Oh no!!

 
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