Googlebot activity drop off

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  1. IzzyM profile image90
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    According to the crawl stats in webmasters tools, I have suffered a massive drop in googlebot activity over the last few days, across all my subdomains, not just this one.

    Traffic (what little there is!) seems largely unaffected, but should I be worried?

    Anyone else seeing this?

    1. moonlake profile image89
      moonlakeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I checked mine and they're way down too.

    2. no1marketing profile image36
      no1marketingposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Not happened to me...
      let me know how you are posting links i mean linkbuilding and if you submitted your website on spam websites then yes google will give your website penalty.

      1. IzzyM profile image90
        IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Of course I am not posting links anywhere!

        Please keep on topic.

        1. no1marketing profile image36
          no1marketingposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          I am on topic and suggesting you good points that will help you to prevent from penalty.
          Thank you

  2. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    I just checked mine and it lists normal activity. Yesterday is included.

    Did you check Site Errors page?

    1. IzzyM profile image90
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I've just looked and I can't say I understand what I am seeing.

      The URL errors across all my subdomains shot up during the first week in April, then levelled off at a high level on my slapped subdomains, but gently declined on my unslapped accounts.

      But there has been no change in the last few days that would account for the steep drop-off in crawls.
      http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6717434_f248.jpg

      1. lobobrandon profile image88
        lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Mine seem pretty normal too. Its surprising that all your subdomains have this problem. I'm sure there will be many more with the same prob then.

        1. IzzyM profile image90
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Hmmm...so it's just me? How odd!

          1. lobobrandon profile image88
            lobobrandonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I guess you'll have to wait for the others to reply to this post too. Will check my account again tomorrow lets see what it's got to say then.

          2. sfshine profile image69
            sfshineposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            My google traffic has dropped also, although I have a few hubs.  I had lots of google traffic before.

            1. IzzyM profile image90
              IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Hi Sf smile

              My Google traffic is the same, its the Googlebot traffic.

              It's when Google's spiders visit your hubs. If you lose traffic from Google, then it follows that you will lose bot activity too. Not sure which comes first, bit of a chicken and egg scenario.

              But this latest odd phenomenon is Google traffic remaining constant, but Googlebot activity falling off a cliff.

              So far, only Lisa seems to have the same thing.

      2. Marisa Wright profile image98
        Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I'm more worried about the URL errors. A high number of URL errors is bad for your ranking in the SERPS.  I noticed that my URL errors went sky-high on the day my traffic disappeared.  HubPages said it was due to Google trying to crawl HubPages categories as if they were categories on our sub-domains, and said they had fixed it.  However, they are all still showing on my Webmaster tools.  Do you see the same thing?

        1. IzzyM profile image90
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Marisa, I have no idea what day of the week it is half the time!

          Here is my site url errors graph for the last month or two -



          http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6720434_f248.jpg

          It's gone tiny. The rise started round about the 2nd of April.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image98
            Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Have you had a look at the list of what the errors are?  Are they Hubs you deleted, or something else that shouldn't exist?

            1. IzzyM profile image90
              IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              From what I can see, the rise happened when I deleted a number of hubs.

              What I don't understand is why the error messages have remained elevated.

              1. Marisa Wright profile image98
                Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                It seems to take a long time for them to disappear, which frankly I don't understand.

        2. IzzyM profile image90
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Just went looking again, and on my penguined subdomain, the crawl errors rose sharply on the 19th of April, although traffic didn't actually disappear until the 24th.

          A huge amount of the errors are similar to this one -

          1027454/ca-pub-6958755572607374/health_hub_leaderboard_320x50

          That isn't even my Adsense ID; it must be HP's.


          http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6721993_f248.jpg

          Those errors have stayed high as can be seen on the graph.

          These were all 404 errors, and Google hates that account now, sending less than 10 visitors per day to it.

          1. profile image0
            jenuboukaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Hi Izzy,

            Ugh, you are such an incredible writer, I hate to hear any more bad news for you. I do have a question; I am sure rather novice but...Can you telll me or point me in the direction on how to find out all this info you speak of? I am curious where I am in the new mess of things.

            1. IzzyM profile image90
              IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              The crawl information is all on Google's webmaster tools - https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home?hl=en

              Hubpages have a hub on how to link your account, if you haven't already done so - http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/How- … ster-Tools

              1. profile image0
                jenuboukaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                Thank you Izzy! Now, if I understand it that is another question smile Take care.

                1. IzzyM profile image90
                  IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  And thank YOU for saying such nice things about my writing!

                  Sorry, I meant to say something earlier, but my mother had taken a bad fall this morning and I was somewhat preoccupied!

                  She's OK now, just a bit battered and bruised - she fell down two steep steps onto concrete.

  3. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 6 years ago

    Mine has dropped some...not as much as previous updates...

    1. IzzyM profile image90
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Your crawl stats have dropped, Stacie?

      Mine have dropped in the past at the same time as viewers dropped off, but there is no sign of less readers, just a massive drop on the crawl stats graph.

      This is weird, but I haven't had access to Webmasters tools for long enough to make anything off it.

      It's a first for me though.

      1. Lisa HW profile image71
        Lisa HWposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Izzy, it looks to me as if I have the same thing - a major drop for the last few days but the usual upward traffic swing that goes between Sunday and Wednesday.    The big crawl drop happened at the very end of May, and it's been low after that.

        1. IzzyM profile image90
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          So its not just me, and all my accounts. And yes you are right, it started end of May -


          http://s4.hubimg.com/u/6720163_f248.jpg

          That's the account that got Penguined!

          1. Lisa HW profile image71
            Lisa HWposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I don't usually even look at this particular thing (and I'm not sure I'm glad that I did, because I can't see how it could possibly not be a bad thing.  hmm)  Of course, I don't know anything about crawling anyway, for pretty much the most part.   Mine's a pretty dramatic drop after things had looked many times higher for a few months.

            (I've been thinking I didn't seem to be Penguined.  I've been thinking I may more have been Panda.x.blah blah'd (whatever the one at the end of May was).  But, I have sort of OK-enough (considering) traffic, which is why I didn't think I was Penguined at all and may have only been "sort of Panda'd" (but I didn't even think that; I've just been thinking "long, slow, decline" roll


            (Just went back and looked closer):

            I have a bunch of crawl errors (not found) that happened after I started deleting a bunch of Hubs at the beginning of May.  Does have too many of those make them "cool it" for awhile I wonder?

            1. IzzyM profile image90
              IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              You're asking me? I haven't a clue.

              I also have an increase in 404 errors on this account; they are looking for hubs I have unpublished, so that is understandable.

              But that still doesn't explain the crawl rate drop on my other accounts where there has been no change.

              This account is doing well, and still suffered this massive drop in crawl rates -


              http://s4.hubimg.com/u/6720231_f248.jpg

              Maybe someone will come along that knows what all this is, and comment.

  4. IzzyM profile image90
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    Actually, just figured out what the problem is in my case.

    I've got those stupid ad overlays that Google started pushing at me and I was ignoring, until one day I was looking up something and needed to see the details SEO Quake were showing me along the top of the screen.

    But I couldn't see it, because Google was pushing another of their annoying ad overlays things at me, so I clicked yes just to get it off the screen (there was no way to click no).

    So now of course, I get error messages everytime they crawl when HP's share of impressions are working.

    I don't know how to get Google ad overlays off. Anyone?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Neither do I, because I've never seen such a thing.  Do you mean a pop-up ad? You can disable them in Firefox.  But I don't see why that would cause any trouble with crawl errors, so I assume that's not what you mean.

      1. IzzyM profile image90
        IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I am getting worried now. I hate them, they do nothing good for me. Google were mithering me with pop-ups and I've searched and cannot find out how to get them off.

        I can't right click and delete either - the mouse turns into a 'No entry' sign when hovered over it.




        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6725269_f248.jpg

        All my ad units are darkened with some kind of overlay - the pic has gone tiny, but the writing along the top of them in white says Home_hub_content, Home_hub_sidebar and Home_hub_footer, depending on ad position. It also lists the size of the ad - 270x288 etc, and at the bottom it says GAM and ad size.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image98
          Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Are you logged into Google when you see this?  There's an overlay function turned on in Analytics (or is it webmaster tools? or Adsense? I forget). I'm wondering if you've managed to turn it on somehow.

          1. IzzyM profile image90
            IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Really? I must have a good look around to find where it is, so that I can turn it off.

            I did a web search but no-one else seems to have this problem as the overlay function is usually something you use on your own web-sites, apparently.

            I don't have it on mine, just on HP (on two accounts only).

            I am always logged into Google.

            If anyone knows exactly where this function is, I'd love to know smile

  5. webclinician profile image61
    webclinicianposted 6 years ago

    NO worries for me.
    I use webplus and they are ready made for this.

    1. IzzyM profile image90
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      ?

  6. incomeguru profile image97
    incomeguruposted 6 years ago

    My own crawl stats is ok. Search engine traffic also normal, and i pray it keep on rising.

  7. Lisa HW profile image71
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    Just a follow-up to yesterday's post (that I made):  Mine are back up today.

    1. IzzyM profile image90
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      So are mine now, Lisa, across all subdomains. That's a relief, huh?

  8. Will Apse profile image92
    Will Apseposted 6 years ago

    I'm not sure that you are an under the hood (bonnet)type of person Izzy. I know that I'm not. Perhaps you should leave all those little nuts and bolts, levers and buttons alone.

    1. IzzyM profile image90
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I didn't touch them Will. Google spammed me! They sent all those messages to me while online, and filled my screen with them so that eventually I clicked on them to get them out of the way.

      I didn't know it was only me they did it to. Then again, they hate me still so probably just did it to be annoying!

      1. Marisa Wright profile image98
        Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Are you positive it's Google and not some kind of virus?  Google doesn't usually do pop-ups.

        I clicked on "In Page Analytics" on Analytics and got a pop-up on HubPages, but it didn't launch properly AND it had an "Exit" button, so that's not it.

        I found this - does this sound like the problem?  Unfortunately everyone seems to be giving confused advice about how to fix it:

        http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6122_102-56 … Main;posts

        http://computer-help-please.blogspot.co … lware.html

        If you don't have a malware scanner as well as an anti-virus package, you need one - and remember to run it regularly.

        1. IzzyM profile image90
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          It wasn't a pop-up exactly - it was across the top of the screen exactly where my my SEO Quake bar sits.
          I saw it again today on another of my accounts, and ignored it totally. I should have grabbed a screenshot!
          I have free AVG and it has found nothing, and neither did Malwarebytes which is usually pretty good at catching things.

          But if it was a virus, why should pages that Google is trying to crawl show them up at all?

          They returned a 404 each time HP's ad account was on. Maybe not each time unless I am hardly ever getting pages crawled, but sometimes.

          I have finished up with what I was working on, time for some more digging I think!

          PS, just saw your edit, and no those issues on the links don't seem to relate.

  9. IzzyM profile image90
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    This might be it - off to see if I can fix it - http://lifefoodcoffee.blogspot.co.uk/20 … rlays.html

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes!  That's the service I was looking for!

  10. IzzyM profile image90
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    That was easy!

    It was the Google Publisher toolbar.

 
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