1script - 9:14 pm on Mar 15, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 9:57 pm (utc) on Mar 15, 2010]
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One of those days I haven't had in years. You know, the one when you check your stats and you see a dramatic traffic drop across (almost) all your sites!
All affected sites are in different niches and as such very little or no interlinking. All sites had different standing before the trouble: some had great traffic, some not so much. Some had many incoming links, some less, some had new links added recently, some had not. Sites are evenly distributed between different servers on different IPs. Most have dedicated IPs. A couple had server issues and were down for more than 24 hours just couple days ago but most run perfectly for years. All built on the same CMS (not WP) but templates vary widely - a product of many years of disparate development.
Just about the only thing that ties them together (other than most are under the same WMT account, but even then not all are) is that they are all forums.
Am I just feeding the flames of my paranoia or some of you guys can also confirm weaker standing for forums in this new update?
I guess, I should also mention that those sites have not just slipped a couple positions down in SERPs. Great many keywords that used to be on Page 1 and bring traffic are nowhere to be found in SERPs, not even -50. However, some still rank roughly where whey have always been.
Speaking of penalties: none of the usual indicators like domain name in quotes or site:example.com type searches bring anything out of the ordinary.
So, is it Caffeine finally being digested by the system that wreaks havoc or is it another one of the proverbial trigger-happy Google interns? What do you guys think?
[edited by: tedster at 9:57 pm (utc) on Mar 15, 2010]