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Traffic drop in Australia
anyone else notice?
dodger




msg:798080
 8:57 pm on Nov 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Anyone else noticed a traffic drop here in Oz over the past week? Is it the time of year? or just me?

 

Mr Bo Jangles




msg:798081
 3:12 am on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

traffic from/within Australia, or traffic to Australia from US (or somewhere else?)?

dodger




msg:798082
 4:18 am on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

From within Australia

redstorm




msg:798083
 7:27 am on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

i do not know! (ha ha)

rickagain




msg:798084
 1:10 pm on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi Dodger

I have a number of Australian sites - I too have noticed some down (some up too).

My initial research is that more and more Aussie Google users seem to be searching for 'Pages from Australia'... as I have some sites hosted outside Australia that don't appear in this type of search that have had a drop (or less than expected growth) in November.

I actually came to these boards to see what I could find out.

Cheers
Rick

[edited by: Woz at 8:06 am (utc) on Dec. 17, 2004]
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dodger




msg:798085
 6:41 pm on Nov 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Rick,
My site has a .au domain and is hosted in AU. I was wondering if business has wound down early this year (mine is a business site) as the decline has been quite noticable lately.

Bennie




msg:798086
 1:54 am on Nov 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Traffic is as per normal, checked a few sites..

edit_g




msg:798087
 2:10 am on Nov 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

School holidays are starting, if that's any help.

dodger




msg:798088
 2:18 am on Nov 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

School holidays that might be it, business is slowing down, very early though.

rickagain




msg:798089
 2:31 am on Nov 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

What kind of decline are we talking about? -all my sites this year compared to same time last year are getting about the same traffic (some down 10% some up 10%)... I would have expected all sites to be up.

Also - I did notice June / Jul / Aug were up a good 20% on same periods last year across all my sites... so maybe things are slowing down earlier.

[edited by: Woz at 8:07 am (utc) on Dec. 17, 2004]
[edit reason] tidying up [/edit]

dodger




msg:798090
 2:47 am on Nov 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

20% almost - we are talking about business sites, not shopping or anything else that would be up at this time of year

anallawalla




msg:798091
 12:24 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

My user group runs an ISP and we have a feed through Com*. Two days ago (precisely 11:45 am AEDT Tue) they changed/added their routes to MCI and Reach and we noticed a major drop in international traffic to us.

Our routes were not being propagated too well and we were hard to see from a US looking glass. We have a multi-homed BGP, so they have given us a list of communities to use. The "announce to all" numbers did the trick, but we will play with the other ones so as to load balance with our other routes via AA*.

Perhaps your sites are hosted downstream of Com* and your host needs to check their routes.

rickagain




msg:798092
 1:12 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm nowhere near as technical as anallawalla with servers - and of my 'well established' sites, just one is a 'dot au' and none are hosted in Australia.

That one 'dot au' does well in both big google and pages from australia.

I have newer sites that are hosted in australia, some are ranking well - some only rank for detailed phrases.

I should add that I looked closely at all my stats - this Novembers traffic is up 20% on last November (just counting the sites that were around last Nov). But like I said - some are up and some are down.

I never thought I could loose ranking by moving servers to another country.

I thought it would be easier to rank in 'pages from australia' as all competing pages hosted outside australia or without the AU domain - don't appear in the SERPs.

I've been keeping an eye on this issue over the years;

Some SE's have used Australian sites only as the default (AV, Excite) - but fortunately for me didn't keep it up for long.

Also, till recently, high bandwidth Austalian hosting was EXPENSIVE - the national telco charges $185 per GB (I got a quote about a year ago from them and they don't offer any discounting for high usage - I think I said I needed up to 50GB per month, they quoted the full $185 per GB)!

I notice Yahoo AU with 'AU only' selected is happy with my 'dot com' hosted outside Australia.

But - if my theory of users activily selecting 'pages from australia' on Google is true - I'm missing out on traffic.

I have also found some reasonably priced bandwidth in Australia.

So -for me, if I cannot find a down side... I'll look to move my popular sites to Australian servers early next year.

I'm a bit all over with this post - but just one more thing...

Is it a fact that Australian hosting of a 'dot com' will result in being displayed in SERPs 'pages from australia'?

fish_eye




msg:798093
 2:47 am on Dec 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have noticed an increase over the last week or so (have not looked closely at November). I have a few unrelated sub-domains on a .com on AU hosting etc etc but none of them are really business related. My heaviest traffic site is definitely predominanantly Mon-Fri and I suspect a lot of tertiary students stumble across it.

PS. On the strength of my Google Page impressions I am seeing 39% increase in the first 8 days of Dec over the Nov average. Admittedly some pages have more than 1 ad set so that makes it a bit hit and miss as far as a statistic is concerned - nice quick "finger in the air" check though.

[edited by: Woz at 8:22 am (utc) on Dec. 17, 2004]
[edit reason] tidying up [/edit]

Woz




msg:798094
 8:52 am on Dec 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I split the discussion about Google Australia Inclusion over here [webmasterworld.com].


So, what is Australian Traffic like at the moment?

Onya
Woz

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