dickbaker - 6:57 am on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
My God. I just lost 40% of my traffic from Google today. Referrals from Yahoo, Bing, direct sources, and other sources are the same, but Google dropped like a rock.
I've been on page one for I don't know how many phrases for seven years. Now I can't find any of my phrases on page one. I just finished checking some of the phrases I monitor, and here's some samples of the movement: #7 to #49; #6 to #21; #5 to #11; #4 to #11; #8 to #50; #4 to #26; #4 to #30; #1 to #12; #1 to #10; #5 to #39.
These are all phrases that I've consistently been first page for.
It looks like a sitewide affect.
What's unusual about this, compared to reports from other posters here, is that most of the sites that were page one in my niche before are still page one.
I've gone through all of the infamous updates before, been affected to one extent or another, and came out as good as before. This one is definitely different.
As much as I haven't wanted to be beholden to Google for my success, this is going to cut my revenues. The question is how much.