MrSavage - 2:20 am on Oct 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
I just wanted to mention that my main few sites dropped about 50% or so. My non important sites are still stable, but of course mean nothing as they don't generate meaningful revenues.
To put into perspective, one site over the past 8 months went from 6000 uniques per day, to about 1200 uniques to now about 400 uniques yesterday. One site yesterday which was a good income generator dropped in traffic by about 50%.
Right now I'm looking at daily revenues that date back to where I was about 2 to 3 years ago. If this isn't a blip, I'm looking at about 50% less in what I make. For me, yesterday will go down as the single biggest smackdown, market crash, or whatever other way you want to describe it. Like a penalty, across multiple sites/niches, yet not a penalty because I'm doing what is honest and proper.
I'm still sorting through my traffic over the past 2 days, but to make it simple, I'll say 1/4 of my sites had shocking traffic drops. We're talking close shop drops in organic. We're talking "did the server go offline for half the day?" type drops. We're talking "did I just get a Google penalty because it seems that I'm just getting Bing organic traffic right now".
If I experience any sort of bounce back, I'll report here.