backdraft7 - 5:21 pm on Jun 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
@chalky - I'm seeing the exact same patterns...I watched live on GART traffic build up to 20, then 30 visitors on the site all at the same time...seconds later it dropped like a rock to zero and is now floundering with 1 or 2 live visitors. Very un-natural patterns. I am also on Cloudflare, and blocking Russia, Ukraine, China and most other sources of bad traffic, so what I'm seeing is mostly US and Europe.
I'd have to compare what is happening to the old game of Whack-a-Mole, once you start getting good traffic, some mechanism reliably kicks in and hammers you back down.