Robert_Charlton - 5:19 pm on Nov 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
big traffic dips from google over the past several days.
What's the time frame for various dips? I see two patterns going on.
In the past couple of days, there's been a confluence of two holidays in the US... Thanksgiving and Hanukkah both on Thursday, and many businesses closed on Friday... which for many here creates a four-day holiday weekend, if not an entire vacation week.
And, depending on the demographic, some business closures create the Black Friday shopping spurt for retailers.
On the other hand, there are also current reports of traffic anomalies... increases of non-converting foreign traffic, and also of surges in old 404 reports. Both often happen around times of updates.
The 404s occur when Google is likely to be refreshing its index. The foreign traffic has frequently been called zombie traffic, and I've associated it with testing of various kinds that is usually limited in scope.