Whoa - 5:02 pm on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
In a previous post, I mentioned that my main site's Google traffic was down 40% Thursday as a result of the new algorithm. Today is a little better, but still ... ouch.
For several sites we work on for clients, we compared the google organic visits on Thursday (the first full day of the new algo) to the average of the prior 4 Thursdays. Here are the results.
Site 1 (6% below average)
Site 2 (2% above average)
Site 3 (20% below average)
Site 4 (16% above average)
Site 5 (1% below average)
Site 6 (2% above average)
Site 7 (25% above average)
All sites are white hat, original content, etc. No links bought. No links sold.
I realize some of these changes are not statistically significant for the sites, but figured I'd share them anyway. In this zero-sum game, there are winners and losers. It's tough to understand why things have shifted in the way that they did...some really good sites we support lost a lot of traffic. I guess the big question is: are Google's search engine users happier today or is this a way-too-early Mission Accomplished being declared?