donb01 - 3:00 pm on Feb 7, 2005 (gmt 0)
I had similar results to post #509. My traffic was so high in January I was actually scared that I wasn't going to have enough bandwidth to keep everyone happy. Google, which normally gives me almost exactly double the referrals of Yahoo, with MSN coming in 3rd, took off like a rocket. My site that normally gets between 3.5 to 4.5G of traffic a month was poised to hit 6G. Then, about Jan 21, it dropped like a brick - at least a couple hundred referrals a day. I had written it off to people getting done looking to spend their Xmas money, and having tax anxiety, and figured it would pick back up when the refunds started rolling in. Looking further though now that a new month has begun, I see Yahoo is giving me 3 times the traffic of Google, and even MSN is double which is unheard of for me. I have also noted, using tools I have used long enough to trust as at least benchmarks, that I appear to have lost at least 10 backlinks in Google the last time I looked. That just plain sucks, but I have been trying for several years to spread myself out and not depend just on one basket to hold my eggs, so I am still getting a reasonable amount of traffic, and the funny thing is the visitors are staying longer and looking at more too!