mantucket - 3:22 am on Jun 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
I got hit big time by MayDay and have spent the past month trying to figure out what to do about it, instead of adding to my site, as I would prefer. I've tried to read up on all the MayDay threads here but cannot put all the info together. My traffic/revenue is off by over 80% and has not recovered at all.
At any rate here are a few things I've noticed that I haven't seen mentioned yet, and I'm curious whether anyone else can confirm:
1: The link count (to my subdomain of interest, anyway) got cut almost exactly half around May 1, going from about 280 to 140. I just checked gain and it's now cut again, to 75 - again almost by half!
To my knowledge, none of the links have gone away. I was told by Adam Lasnik (who wrote gwt) that GWT reports all known links. I think GWT was reporting about 2k links to the same page late last year.
2: GWT introduced the 'Top Queries' graph about a month before the Mayday update went out.
After Mayday, I noticed that I was ranking for a new top phrase - "cheap widgets" - one that doesn't appear much on my pages and which I don't target. This top phrase gets 60k impressions vs 9k for the next best phrase - but no clicks.
3: Again using GWT, I see the Impressions count swing wildly on certain days - from 6600 to 29000- but the CTR also drops a lot, so I get fewer clicks on these days which have high Impressions counts.
It's almost as if some adaptive alg is testing my pages by exposing them on certain days, then shutting them down if they don't rank well enough or get clicks.
Anyone else seeing this kind of thing?