|New Site with Strange Traffic Pattern|
new site, index, google, traffic unstable
| 3:26 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I have read quite a few posts on the site in order to determine what is going on with my new site's traffic.
First, the site was indexed about one month ago (about 1000 pages) and traffic went overnight to about 100 visitors per day for a few days. It then went down to two or three visitors per day, went back up for a few days to about 50 visitors and it has now been down to three or four visitors per day since then (about ten days).
All pages are unique and about the same amount of pages have been indexed througout this period of time (when doing a site:mysite.com search, I get about 1000 each day I checked).
I put a lot of effort in creating unique content and great graphics (I know images are useless to search engines but I don't like mediocre looking sites!).
Is this a typical pattern for a one month old + site?
Is Google still trying to figure out what my site is worth? It's very frustrating to observe those fluctuations in traffic pattern.
Any feedback well appreciated.
| 5:08 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
One month is a very small time in judging your site's rankings. Make sure you have optimized (but not over-optimized) the site for Google and Yahoo. Make sure you do not have duplicate content or even titles across pages. Make sure u dont have broken links, and if you are using dynamically generated content, you have search engine freindly URLs (search for Url-rewriting) and also blocked dynamic URLs using robots.txt
Make sure you do not have lots of affiliate links, links to bad sites, poison words etc.
If your site is really interesting, then people should create backlinks to your site from their site. This process take some time and once Google and Yahoo find lots of links to your site, from relevent pages across the internet, your site will automatically float to the top!
Best of luck.
| 5:43 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I have a six year old site that has a very strange traffic pattern at the moment. By my experience and other posts in this forum, I'd say there is something very wierd going on with Google right now which may be causing the things you are seeing.
The reason I say this is because during the six years of my site, visitor numbers have followed a steady growth curve as I've worked hard to develop the (unique) content of my site. Over the years, I've seen a few visitors per day become a few hundred and then a thousand and more recently two and three thousand and then suddenly around a week ago all hell broke loose...
Visitor numbers halved over night and I dropped out of the rankings for many keywords and phrases that I'd been listed under for years. The next day I'd be back in for some but not others and then they'd drop out again and then back in etc. etc....
On top of that my participation in Google adsense has seen wild and unexplainable fluctuations and Google sitemaps is telling me that I have no pages indexed at all!
My advice would be to ride out the storm and evaluate things again in maybe a months time.
| 9:01 pm on Dec 17, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for the feedback. My site does not have any duplicate content pages since everypage has its own unique content.
In terms of links to my site, I have a few links with PR5 or PR6. I slowly develop some inbound links through some research I have gathered from on topic large sites that accept quality articles.
In addition, all my pages are html (database driven however for easier management/maintenance) and I do not have any affiliate link on the site.
I guess I just have to wait and give it more time to assess what is going on. I thought it was interesting that the site went from almost 100 visitors for a few days to four or five, then one more spike and back to four or five per day.
Google must be trying to figure out through their algorithms whether my site is fake or the real deal for long term search quality content.