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Site went offline - when is SE traffic back?

 7:38 pm on Jan 8, 2011 (gmt 0)

My two biggest websites went offline on the 31st and it took me an unexpected 6 days to get them running again. Now they are back, but with a different hosting company in a different country.

The problem: SE traffic has dropped by some 60 percent. Have you made similar experiences? If so, how long does it take until the SEs build up trust again? Both sites are about 5 years old.



 7:58 am on Jan 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

As with most things, time is the factor. In the above, I'd not worry over much. Give it three to six weeks... Bing and Yahoo are most aggressive in "hunt" with G right behind. And that's not a bad time line considering a change in hosting... and could be shorter if the DNS is separate.


 3:00 pm on Jan 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

Changing hosting to a different country could have a significant long-term effect. Even after the rankings return and are stabilized, they could be quite different from what they were before.


 2:57 pm on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks guys. A short update: Traffic is picking up again; the main key-words and phrases rank well again, but I am still behind my expected "normal" traffic. I am relieved to see strong signs of recovery, though. And bot activity is mad right now.


 2:37 pm on Jan 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yet another update: Now both sites seem to be back to normal, a relief for me and hopefully a lasting state.


 8:24 pm on Jan 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

For those who were interested: After going up to normal levels, the traffic stayed there. Lucky me.


 9:34 pm on Jan 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Just had a major outage due to a screwed up line upgrade. The SE traffic seems to have come back online almost immediately but Google Webmaster Tools is still giving a borked DNS not found error but I don't think that WMT operates in realtime anyway. Microsoft/Bing, Yahoo and Yandex reappeared as if nothing had happened.


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