I'm digging this topic up again after yesterday's interactive Les Paul Google Doodle. How many webmasters noticed a definite slump in traffic on Google Doodle days? Yesterday I saw Facebook posts about the guitar doodle and "how cool" it was. This definitely proves that people are being diverted by these insipid little graphics. I guess it just goes to show how easily some folks are entertained and sidetracked. Google should stick with the business of fixing their search engine rather than posting non value added content. Their doing enough already to clobber our traffic.
For the latest doodle of Les Paul I did not notice a significant change. Actually I saw a slight increase but I don't think the doodle was the cause of the increase since my network of sites isn't related to music or video games.
I generally don't spend time analyzing single days. I seek out trends that can be exploited. One huge trend is Google's massive market share. Google has about double the market share of Bing/Yahoo. I am sure doing cool things like the Les Paul doodle helps protect that market share and keeps people talking about Google.
I am grateful that Google is working on their long term market share since my sites are optimized best for the Google algo. Google spends alot of time and money doing cool stuff like this that generates a large audience which I then exploit by "bending" Google's webmaster guidelines and ranking my sites so I get large volumes of free traffic from Google serps which I then profit greatly from.
besides i think its good to have fun and a lil stress relief