backdraft7 - 1:45 pm on Mar 19, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: backdraft7 at 2:01 pm (utc) on Mar 19, 2013]
@MIW - yes, US based paid content site.
@SE Checker - I am sitting at 1,000 uniques per day less than last year this time. I was getting about 2.5k uniques last year, and this year it's more like 1.5k - longtail cut by over 50% and we lost some really big targeted single key words...plus semantics and plural results are gone. Other than pushing us back about 8 years, it's all peachy.
The only "up" period all year was a short seasonal (expected) spurt between Dec 26 and Jan 12.
I can draw a line from Sun Jan 13 to each subsequent Sunday and traffic is progressively worse.
Here's the entire series of Sunday's - 1296, 1224, 831 (server maintenance), 1114, 1028, 999,1019, 861 and 835 yesterday. Previous year, this was up & down in a natural pattern, this just looks like a gradual, deliberate bleeding.
Is a recovery EVER possible? I'm going to realistically say no. Too many limits in place and the landscape has changed too much. People dumping wide screen PC's for postage stamp sized cell phone screen access to internet, scrapers diluting our content, big name photo sites dominating our niche with gobs of useless photos etc, etc...
When I thought it couldn't get much worse, it has....
My 4 visitor limit now appears to have been tweaked down to 2 at a time. If this sticks. I'm officially hanging it up and getting out of this business. I'm sure the day I do, my site will miraculously recover over nite. It's just the way things seem to go around here.
Oh, SE - just curious, is your site html or CMS based?
[edited by: backdraft7 at 2:01 pm (utc) on Mar 19, 2013]