|Google traffic suddenly almost gone 3rd week of September|
Dear Forum Members:
I am in anguish at the moment and I'd like to ask your opinions on this:
July 2, 2008 - uploaded my website, soon Googlebot visited my site a number of times that month. Zero Google traffic.
August 2008 - Googlebot still visiting site, 1204 Google surfers visiting site this month.
Sept 2008 - Google traffic going up fast.
* 1st week approx 300 visitors per day
* 2nd week between 300 and up to 800 visitors per day
* 3rd week between 700 up to 900 visitors per day
Sept 18 501 visitors (problem begining)
Sept 19 164 visitors
Sept 20 179 visitors
Setp 21 40 visitors
Does this have something to do with the manual reviews I've read about here on this forum?
Please let me know
Has anything changed on your web site recently?
Have you checked your outgoing links lately?
But if it's a new site, it may be simply 'one of those things' - new sites often get a very good initial listing, which settles down as the months pass.
Do you keep an eye on how your site is performing in the serps?
Nothing has changed, and I have just a couple of outgoing links that have not changed.
I was getting decent listings on Google, but then noticed that I fell behind in the listings, and now I can't find a listing on the first 10 pages.
I am guessing that the Google human editors probably had something to do with this. My MSN and other search engine traffic is still doing the same.
Why would human editors be looking at your site?
"New Site Syndrome" (previously known as 'the sandbox') really is much, much more likely. It's a rare site that shows no fluctuation over the first few months.
It's worth keeping a regular check on the serps for trends - one step back from visitors, and therefore a more useful measure.
I'd suggest keeping a spreadsheet of date/keyword/keyphrase against ranking. I used to dismiss such 'retentive' behaviour - but I've found it very useful for an unstable site.
[edited by: Quadrille at 12:13 am (utc) on Sep. 23, 2008]
Agreed with Quadrille.
It's incredible how things have changed for new sites over the last couple of years. When I started my main site in Sept 2002, I got a few links, and it was found and listed well by G within weeks. There was no great struggle to keep it solid in the serps in the following months. It just got better from there, attracting more links and growing organically. Now, whenever I add pages on a particular subject, they're on the first page within days, and stay there.
I've put a few other sites online in the last two years, and it's beem polar opposite. Good content can be trumped by total crap, and never show up properly. I know all the MFA people have muddied things up, and had to be addressed, and there are all the bogus directory sites (I read your plaintive posts here after you've disappeared), but G has gone right of course in the process, and is currently a very poor SE. These days, G is very good at making bucks through advertising, but their search results are often garbage. Not to mention that they're polluted with their own content, like G books, blogs, videos, you name it.
Best of luck, bredren. Concentrate on adding original content, getting decent inbound links, and keep your fingers crossed.
Quadrille & Stefan,
Thank you kindly for your informative responses.