getcooking - 3:46 pm on Aug 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
Testing...testing... is this thing on? Another big traffic drop that looks like it started right around midnight. We did lose a number of keyword positions too otherwise I would assume the stopped traffic was related to something else.
Also, and I don't know if this is just coincidence or not, I've been trying to get about 80K pages noindexed. I have them in a sitemap in WMT to speed up the process since they are unlinked on my site (and so I can monitor progress). Up until yesterday the number of indexed pages was slowly but steadily dropping at a rate of about 1-2K per day. Yesterday the number of indexed pages fluctuated all day by several hundred (up and down) and ultimately only ended up dropping about 200 pages instead of the usual 1-2K. I've been watching these numbers for 2 months now and have never seen them increase, only decrease. (and no, I didn't change anything on my site that could have confused google in any way). It kinda made me wonder if there was some odd rollback or mixup between datacenters that would cause that fluctuation.