backdraft7 - 5:30 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 5:42 pm (utc) on Feb 17, 2011]
OHNO - Welcome back! We were getting worried about you!
You're still pretty much in lockstep with what we are seeing. An excellent start to January followed by a sizable drop late in the month. Now it's been yo-yo traffic and sales since. For whatever reason, I'm seeing less in the way of sales spikes. It's all nice and smooth with almost identical sales every day. Patterns are still emerging...just gotta keep watching.
I'm working on more site tweaks. I have another topic over in the Google Tools Labs area. (couldn't find a specific area for WMT's) > here's the post > [webmasterworld.com...] Not sure if that's an issue, but I'm sifting through all possibilities. Any advice is welcomed.
In a way these upsets are a good incentive to do your site housekeeping and review best practices. I understand the need for changes and in the end it's better to just roll with them than to gripe. (or blame them on Zombies) ;^)
One more observation...when things are running "normally" I usually get some late night sales from the UK or "down under". Last two night had both UK and Aussie sales, which might indicate a return to better quality and a more normal pattern. I still stand by the notion that when an major algo is unleashed, it's better to sit back and let it digest or propagate before making a final determination on whether it works or not.
I'll still report the effects, but we'll never really know the cause of the dips.
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[edited by: tedster at 5:42 pm (utc) on Feb 17, 2011]