MrSavage - 8:22 pm on Jul 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Wow I thought I've heard it all until now. Oh well. I think there are bumpers stickers that relate to this.
But is there a pattern to the demotion? The pattern that I see is that Google now doesn't take your search inquiry as so literal. Put it in quotes and although those should take back some of your personal control over the results, I see that not happening so much. I sense that the control over what I'm looking for a being more Google driven than driven by myself. As in taking more assumption on what I want based on their own data.
So is there a pattern? Sure. If you relied on specific keyword searches for traffic you're going to see less traffic in my opinion. Not unless of course you have a sizable site with a great following and a lot of popularity. Of course to have those variables you can't be a new site that's for sure. In general I'm thinking of subject that are popular. Really niche areas? I'm sure you get some crumbs there because those big sites don't give 2 you know what's about bottom feeder search traffic.
So the pattern really is this. If you're a smaller site and seeing some good traffic still, then my explanation is this. It's only because what you're covering isn't popular and isn't high on the radar. It's not bubbling with activity perhaps. But if that topic or subject get popular, expect to be drowned in a Tsunami of website titans. I'm speaking more from technology perspective subjects. You're only getting traffic now because nobody really is looking for that information. If CNET starts covering that information, your little website is done. Finished. Afterall, it's all about quality, links, great writing and daily content. If you're small you're not competing. That's my take.