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Terrible Traffic on Wednesday
ROAS down 1/4 from the previous day

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Msg#: 5295 posted 2:21 pm on May 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

I had a real slap in the face yesterday when I came into the office and checked my reports for the previous day. It seemed as though clicks and ad spend were up and conversions were down, dramatically down.

Yesterday was back to normal, and I had less traffic which spent more money, knocking the ROAS back up to justify buying the traffic.

Sure enough numerous of our sites took a hit and I saw similar patterns on many of them.

I am curious to know if anyone else had a streak of low converting traffic on Wednesday, April 4th or if we are just an isolated case?



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Msg#: 5295 posted 3:06 pm on May 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Are you sensing some click fraud?
Do you have any script or software to detect those clicks and visitors?


WebmasterWorld Administrator 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 5295 posted 6:32 pm on May 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Oh I figured it was click fraud, I was just wondering how widespread it was. On a few terms clicks were up 600-2000% and conversions were at 0%.

I track everything to the keyword and can get a report that details the exact term with the referrals if needed.


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Msg#: 5295 posted 8:41 pm on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

I got only 55-60% of daily average spending on adwords yesterday (May 4). Even less than on Saturdays. Tried to check if there was any public holiday in the US – looks like none.

Does anybody else see low adwords spending yesterday?

see [webmasterworld.com...]

Just tested a price-comparison site of mine, which charges advertisers on a cpc basis.

After visiting the page and waving the mouse around a bit, it logged clicks on nearly all advertisers' links. Bad news for advertisers like myself.

The ppc companies that offer server-side ppc integration scripts will have to quickly set the new Google IP to generate $0 clicks before publishers get a one-off windfall.

see msg#45 [webmasterworld.com...]

I'm not pointing any fingers, but I do have some theories about WA's demo debut, having worked in software maintenance a number of years myself.

Black Wednesday also saw 15% lower Adwords traffic for me than usual, however returns were in line with traffic. I suspect that a number of things were going on at the same time, and much depended on the nature of your landing pages, niche, etc.

We'll likely never piece together the whole story... anyway, I suspect activity around the billiard table of Google's tech department was also down significantly on Wed. Surely someone had some serious explaining to do over there.

In your case maybe some looters took advantage of the stats outage as well?

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