drall - 6:13 pm on Apr 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
I am actually friends with 2 of our competitors, just sort of happened after we ran into a negative seo campaign that hit our type of sites with regard to redirect chains knocking out pages.
When we started talking to each other trying to figure out what was happened we ended up becoming pretty good friends. We have thousands of sites in our space now but used to be just a handful back 13 years ago and these guys are from that era as well. We share overall trends with each other and the trend amongst us all is not pretty.
I try not to use alexa and compete to much anymore because the data can be flubbed so easy but when I graph data I know is accurate along with my friends that are comp and 40 other sites that are comp and see that exact same trendline and moving averages I think it would be pretty fair to say they are seeing something close to what we are seeing.
You are right, the raw amount of data is so complex with higher volume sites it's hard to make out any real causality. Im not to worried about it, this is the first major hit we have ever seen though going back a decade. Through all of the major updates we never really saw a huge shift in things but this time is different.
When your raw log file for the week is 4gigs plus trying to figure out wth is changing with Google that is effecting so much of the site in so many ways is a great way to waste time.
Just gonna go back to focusing on content and my users and let the big G have her way with me:)