| 5:34 am on Dec 15, 2010 (gmt 0)|
This might be aligned with the ideas in the Traffic Shaping thread [webmasterworld.com]. You're certainly not the first to spot "suspicious" signs of this nature.
Can you break down the data by the hours of each data? In other words, is there a traffic cut-off after the target number is reached? Or is the traffic distributed in an expected curve throughout the whole 24 hours?
| 5:12 pm on Dec 15, 2010 (gmt 0)|
wow this is interesting...traffic shaping for a set of sites sharing the same ip?
Yes, the next step would be to see how the traffic shapes for the different sites during different times of the day.
| 12:37 am on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|The consistent and predictable numbers on set days is suspicious. |
I see it too. Post Panda I can predict my traffic on any day to +/- 5%. The patterns are predictable. On days when I'm making huge money and the day looks strong I fizzle and come in as expected. I'm sure Google is shaping. Any ideas on breaking the pattern?
| 4:30 am on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Question to those who are seeing shaping... were your sites penalized by Panda? If so that might be part of the Panda penalty.
| 9:35 am on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)|
For one of my pandalized sites, Google Analytics stats show 165, 166, and 167 visitors daily for May 4, 5, and 6th from US Google organic search. That's weird, as well as stats from WMT Top Pages section showing exact number of 1,600 clicks/day globally for 15 days out of the last 30 days. I wasn't observing these stats before Panda update, so I don't know if it's "normal".
P.S. Google organic search data in Analytics, when filtered with Country/Teritory, for April is not available (shows 0 visits).
| 4:09 pm on May 11, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Here's an interesting observation I made while looking through the analytics of my pandalized site:
Total number of traffic driving keywords for mon-tues this week: 5,863
Total number of traffic driving keywords for mon-tues two weeks ago: 5,861
Total number of traffic driving keywords for mon-tues four weeks ago: 5,863
Coincidence? Possibly, but it's at least a LITTLE strange...
(I also note a big black hole for April when using any advanced segments, so I can't filter this for just Google keywords)
| 5:09 pm on May 11, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|were your sites penalized by Panda? |
Yes, the site that I speak of was penalized by Panda - 60% loss in traffic. Super quality site with tons of authority. Probably over optimized on heavy KWs. Even before Panda the traffic patters were very regular. 2MM unique/mo.