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Huge drop in traffic for the last 2 weeks.

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Msg#: 4038694 posted 1:45 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)


I would like to get feedback from webmasters who experienced huge drop in traffic because of these (caffeine) changes. We lost almost 40.000 daily visitors.
Site is well established and quite old with lot of natutural backlinks, online since 2004.
What do you think ? Are these changes temporary or permanent ?



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Msg#: 4038694 posted 10:55 am on Dec 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

Since I was asked to go outside a few pages back, I figured I'd sit back and watch the progression of this topic as I have an interest in finding out the commonalities amongst those experiencing this huge drop in traffic.

Maybe OT but, I found a handful of sites that have taken major hits in the SERPs. They share something in common. Speed. Every single one of them was slow. Their servers were slow to respond and the browsing experience was less than satisfactory.

Is it possible that you've fallen prey to this whole page speed thing?

Oh, the other thing that handful of sites had in common was AdSense. Since it was just a handful of sites, that doesn't really prove anything. Personally, I think I'm close to the target.

Okay, I'll go back outside. :)


Msg#: 4038694 posted 4:48 am on Jan 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

So is there a double espresso coming or what?


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Msg#: 4038694 posted 4:21 pm on Jan 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

I waited to post an update to make sure it wasn't a temporary behavior: traffic has increased since Dec 26 and it's back to normal values.

I made no changes and my rankings for relevant keywords has been stable; long tail traffic is back.


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Msg#: 4038694 posted 4:03 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes, it improved 10 %. It is now showing a similar behavior, like in Nov.
BUT, still, November was the month I lost 20% of visitors. We will have to wait and see if traffic improves or not. God bless us all.


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Msg#: 4038694 posted 4:59 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

i am seeing an upwards trend again ... but too early to tell.

looking historically i should have some hard data and be able to say with pretty high certainty if things are back to normal around this time next week.


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Msg#: 4038694 posted 6:30 pm on Jan 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have decided to dust and revamp this old thread because it seems that Google is up to something again...

After the huge drop in traffic I experienced in the middle of december, things started getting better and better. My traffic increased a lot till...two days ago!

Now, in a span of less than 48 hours my traffic is halved! (seriously!)

All my major keywords have lost from 3 to 10 positions.

Anyone is experiencing something like that?

It looks like Google screwed something or that something went out of control.

I would appreciate if sombody could share his thoughts.



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Msg#: 4038694 posted 7:18 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

What the current situation of your traffic?

I am experiencing huge drop in our traffic since last 3 weeks, till now we've loosed approx. 35% of the traffic.

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