TheMadScientist - 5:25 pm on Jun 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
Over on the Mayday thread, people are noting that traffic is returning to normal levels.
Yeah, I've only got time for a quick post, but I think I posted in the wrong thread when I did before, because I was totally unaffected by the initial Mayday Update (May 1 ish) ... On the 17th though my traffic dropped 20%, but time on site, page views and sales all increased significantly.
On June 1, traffic returned to 'normal', but sales dropped, page views went from 3 to 2, and time on site went from over 2 mins to about 35 seconds.
I haven't looked at it close enough to figure out what the exact difference was, but during the 2 week period of time between the 17th of May and 1st of June something about the way they matched searchers to pages on the site I'm referring to changed and there was a huge difference in the type of searcher viewing the site based on the numbers I've been looking at.
It was a 'slight' change, because most of the referrals were for 'essentially the same' key phrases as they were before the 17th and after the 1st, but something definitely changed on G's end during that period of time, because there were no changes on the site.