backdraft7 - 6:00 pm on Feb 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
@Jez - It always seems we are in the same boat. I'm really surprised more people aren't in here screaming about low traffic / sales. My sales have been steadily lower starting on Tuesday. It first started to become erratic at the end of last week with slow mornings followed by busy afternoons which made up the difference. The weekend was good too, but erratic. Tuesday though, the rug was pulled out and it's been progressively worse since then. This is probably the worst run in our sites entire history. I'm wondering if we're getting whacked as a false positive.
I've taken the opportunity to flush the old content out of my blog and do some more housekeeping. In a way these outages are a good thing because improvements are made. When things are running like clockwork I rarely make changes or improvement in fear of upsetting the apple cart. Well, the apples are all over the ground right now, so there's work to be done.
The scraper / garbage sites are thriving though...remember, nice guys finish last.