Msg#: 3162596 posted 4:43 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)
I recently rebuilt my web site and sent a reinclusion request to Yahoo! to drop a penalty that has been on my site for more than three years. My site was always indexed, but never came up in the results. After about 3 weeks the penalty was lifted and I week or so. The problem is I have not seen any traffic increase from this whatsoever. I see that according to some metrics Yahoo! is almost 1/3 of searches on the net...but by my logs I see Google at 82% and Yahoo at a little over 10% and dropping. Four years ago Yahoo brought in approx. 40% of my traffic. I was counting on Yahoo to make up a bit for the see-sawing google traffic this year, but now I see that that might not happen.
Msg#: 3162596 posted 1:56 pm on Nov 21, 2006 (gmt 0)
I'm seeing the same thing with my sites that rank well there. It looks like a steady (and fairly fast) decline in traffic from Yahoo.
Ranking for major terms hasn't shifted, most of my traffic is from many minor terms, and I can't see any change there either. Although I have to admit it's harder to be sure on the long tail terms.
With MSN and Yahoo having so little of the market share already, this decrease has me very worried. Past experience tells me never to rely on Google for a large portion of a sites success.
I'm trying to find ways to advertise that aren't a) going to cause a penalty in Google, and b) that aren't paid ads... The sites that I have that are still ranking are just free content, not selling products, so paying for traffic is out of the question. The only revenue is Adsense and a few minor CPA ads scattered throughout.
Msg#: 3162596 posted 2:52 pm on Nov 21, 2006 (gmt 0)
What could possibly be causing such a sudden deline in traffic? I am seeing Yahoo's share reduce literally day by day. Last week it was 10.3% and now it's 9.8%. It's frightening to have Google left as the last man standing as it's become nearly impossible to rank well there unless you are an authority site