Msg#: 4376957 posted 6:07 am on Oct 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
My website was ranking first for a search phrase. It was getting good traffic from this phrase. Around the 11th October my site slipped to second with a modest effect on traffic. A couple of days after that it was back up to first and is still there. However, my traffic from that search term is about 20% of what it was. I can't explain it. My total traffic from google is less than half so more than just this search term have been affected, and can't be attributed to google not sharing search terms for signed in users. But if I am still number one theoretically I should be getting the same amount of traffic from this term correct?
Msg#: 4376957 posted 8:29 am on Oct 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Has Google instant changed the predictive search, perhaps users are seeing what they want during the prediction, thus not going as far as searching the full search term. Also depending on industry, the time of year and day of week can have effects on search's.
Msg#: 4376957 posted 9:08 am on Oct 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Are you logged in?
That reminds me, another thing to try after you do a search click the options tab at the top right hand corner - click web history and make sure it says "Customisation based on signed-out search activity is disabled.
You do not need to be signed in or even have a G account to see diferent results if this is enabled.