Robert_Charlton - 6:57 pm on Dec 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've been seeing spurts of foreign traffic for some time now which worries me.
As recently discussed briefly on our December SERPs changes thread [webmasterworld.com...] ...only certain types of sites are seeing these traffic dips and spurts, which I'm assuming are testing. I'm coming to assume it's traffic shaping of some kind, and I'm trying to pin down what kinds of sites/pages are seeing this.
Eg, are these sites which are recovering from penalities, perhaps recently disavowed a lot of backlinks? Or, are they sites which have recently made multiple changes... perhaps added or removed a lot of content?
Sgt_Kickaxe has made the only clear report about the types of pages he sees affected...
Articles with a product focus took the biggest hit, informational articles that are not directly product related actually got a little boost and the movement is continuing over time.
BlueDanube has reported a group of 5 sites in the same niche. Do these interlink or have common backlink sources? Does content overlap? What about shared hosting?
Without getting into specifics... what about the types of sites, linking patterns, inbound link quality, etc?