Circling the Wagons After the Latest Google Update
There has been quite a bit of consternation to say the least about the recent update to Google's algorithm which has been targeted at spam sites and "content farms". Personally, I am all for an improvement in the search results that get delivered since some results are very poor and lead to many worthless sites.
That being said, I can't help but wonder what implications the Google definition of "content farm" might hold for HubPages. I have been enjoying my little hobby of making money online and am a little disappointed by the decrease in traffic that I have seen over the last 48 hours. I would say that my Google traffic is down about 50-60% overall.
As a result, I will probably be writing very little over the next week while I see what transpires. I may end up having to develop my own website but don't really like the idea of paying for a domain and hosting just to find out that I can't get any visitors. I have enough difficulty getting traffic as it is; I don't need to pay for the privilege of having difficulty.
It may turn out that this truly remains only a hobby with less effort on my part and that I would just allow the chips to fall where they may. I was enjoying the challenge of seeing what I could accomplish, but now that there is some questions as to the rules of the game, I think it is best to just wait and see. I do plan on being able to get some reading done this week so that is a plus.
The general consensus over at the HubPages forum is to wait a week before panicking and seeing what happens. That certainly seems like good advice so that is what I will be doing. Apparently, there is the belief that good content will still matter and many reports are that personal websites have not been hit with traffic declines. Some are optimistic that an entire site won't get harmed as much as individual pages. I am not quite so sure personally. Again that might mean that now is the time to develop a personal website. I will be looking into that option over the next week as well.
In the meantime, I am glad that I am not reliant upon Google for my livelihood. I am able to just walk away at any time. That is not the case for everyone. I feel really sorry for those who had lost jobs and were writing to help supplement income. In that respect, the unemployment picture may have just gotten worse. I also feel sorry for those who may have quit employment to work more on the internet only to have this happen to them. Double whammy!
As for me, I can certainly find plenty to keep me busy so that I don't end up watching too much television. Besides, summer is coming along with golf and softball so my writing time would have been more difficult to come by as it is. The bottom line for me is to just watch and see what happens in the next week or two, do a little reading, a little thinking, and come back with a plan for the future.
I wish everyone luck with these monumental changes especially those supporting themselves or family members. I would appreciate any comments on how these changes are affecting your traffic and business, what your plans might be, etc. Thanks for reading and sharing.
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