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World Cup and traffic drop from 11AM to 5PM GMT
ckissi

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 3:51 pm on Jun 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hello guys,
I noticed some strange numbers in our hour stats, seems to be because of world cup but I'm not sure. Numbers are strange between 11:00AM and 5PM (GMT).
Anybody noticed something like that ?

 

tedster

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 4:46 am on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

There are mentions in other threads of time-based traffic shifts, but I'm not sure it's aligned to the World cup in some way. I'm betting on some other kind of technical implementation at Google, but it's still a bit mysterious.

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 6:56 am on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've seen examples of traffic-shifts that closely correlated with workday hours and days of the week.

It would take a huge viewing audience, though, for a sports event to drain off that significant a part of a site's search traffic... but conceivably a site that had the same demographic as the World Cup audience might see some traffic loss.

You'd either have to run the numbers to predict, or else have a site with that kind of demographic to observe.

tangor

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 7:32 am on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

This is, after all, The Game for most of the world. I would expect some drop. Heck, it's bigger than Christmas! :)

Sgt_Kickaxe

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 9:44 am on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

I posted about my traffic shift in another thread and it's not soccer related. It's Google related. I know that because only Google traffic is down today when compared to last Tuesday. If all 3 major engines shows a massive reduction in traffic I'd blame soccer but it's ONLY Google.

tangor

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 11:00 am on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thank goodness Bing and Yahoo and Yandex and Baidu et al. are unaffected!

Sorry, guys and gals, I just can't get that excited about the gorg anymore. Life's too short and the internet is still that big...

dstiles

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 10:07 pm on Jun 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

Missed marketing opportunity?

A genealogy site is offering free access to its "paid-for" data whenever England is playing +/- 1 hour. My wife managed about three searches and several time-outs in a couple of hours!

ckissi

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 6:34 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Now it seems to be more and more affected. I mean traffic of course.

HuskyPup



 
Msg#: 4152990 posted 6:46 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Has anyone else noticed very slow broadband connections during critical matches in the UK?

A lot of people must be watching matches on computers whilst at work.

dstiles

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 7:44 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes. Abysmal on match day ('cause of all the numpties watching it on office computers, I suspect) and pretty poor the next day (same numpties re-hashing the game in office time?).

So bad, in fact, it took twice as long to service my remote online servers, which was not helped by an increase in (foiled) SQL-Injection attacks on those two days. A nightmare.

ckissi

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Msg#: 4152990 posted 5:33 pm on Jun 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

ufff... GE against UK , traffic dropped 10%

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