Andylew - 11:57 am on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
Andy what do we make of this? Was Sweden affected in the same way?
All countries dived on the 1st, some recovered mid month then dropped back (see earlier post) however sweden has stayed at this new may 13th level ever since. It is also the only version where a site: search gives a different number to all other google varieties which also happens to correspond with all my own statistical data. We dont really sell to sweden so it has no effect on sales but it is nice to find something that adds up - if there are the number of pages listed that sweden google is reporting then it would correspond directly with the mayday drop and our new numbers.
april site: 100 pages = 100 sales. (statistically normal)
may site: 100 pages = 10 sales. MAYDAY!
sweden may site: 10 pages = 10 sales. (statistically normal)
The sweden numbers exactly fit on our historical graph for pages listed to average sales. So based on wmt reporting more pages it is just a matter of these being added to the live search and we should be back to 'normal'
Also going back to server hardware, after yesterday saying since moving to more powerful hardware we saw a massive increase in googlebot activety (30 odd distinct concurrent ips) we are now looking at over 100 distinct googlebot ips concurrently, crawing 24 hours. One thing we have noticed is that a single ip will never crawl more than 30k pages per month so more ips = more pages.