Reno - 1:48 pm on Sep 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm no expert at examining traffic, but if I look at my AWSTATS graphs, I see the same or higher levels of traffic as the same time last year, and previous years.
It's possible that some sites are feeling this more prominently than others, for reasons that only G knows for sure, but perhaps the level of competition is a factor, or the number of "all things being equal" results, etc. And as far as the traffic volume graph goes, the seasonal variations do not necessarily discount the idea ~ more people likely sit at their computers in the winter, when it gets dark earlier and outdoor activities are not available. So March may get more traffic than July, but at this point (speaking strictly about myself) the "wave" of the curve seems to remain steady and predictable going back 2 or 3 years.
My real problem is a substantial decline in sales...which is typically related to traffic volume.
Me too, and I wonder how much of it is search and how much is the worst economy in decades, with a low level of consumer confidence. Most of us work in a vacuum so it's hard to guage whether it's just us, or is it a widespread trend. Whatever it is, it's troubling.