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Sudden 80% Google Traffic Drop



2:56 pm on Jun 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

My website is a Wordpress blog, hosted on Dreamhost with the domain <sorry, no site reviews>. The site is app. 6 years old.

Normally I have around 1.300 daily visitors (80% coming from Google), last week this suddenly dropped to 200-300 per day.

I had 3 weeks ago a malware attack via Wordpress script injection with suspension/blacklisted by Google, indicated in webmaster tools and via browser (Firefox/Chrome). I restored a previous version, updated all outdated plugins, wordpress version and so on and traffic restored within 2 days. Everything seemed normal again for about 1 week until 6th of June with 1.2xx visitors. On 7th June that dropped to 628, 8th to 405 and since 10th June I only have around 200-300 daily visitors.

There is no more Malware and the site seems to behave normal, I also didn't change or add any suspicious links or whatever.

What could have caused the drop with Google and how can I restore it to previous traffic levels? I know my posting frequency is not very high, but that was already like that the last 2 years.

Could anyone please give me some clues on what went wrong? I'm at a loss currently.

Thanks a million!


[edited by: tedster at 5:14 pm (utc) on Jun 18, 2011]


3:38 pm on Jun 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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A speculation that Panda 2.2 might have rolled out...


12:14 pm on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Panda is out. Better be beware.

If you have made some changes which affected your rankings then I would recommend you to roll-back these changes.


12:45 pm on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like your malware attack and subsequent blacklisting in Google resulted in someone having to manually review the site for verification of the clean up.

If that was the case... its quite possible the manual reviewer found something that triggered a quality review at the same time.


2:27 pm on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the tips. I'm between a rock and a hard place on how to proceed with the site.

With the current traffic, it will be hard to keep the monetization at the level it is now. To rebuild traffic and open new channels of income would be a year-long process again. Time to give up? Hmmmmm!

Anand Kanojia

7:22 am on Jul 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

May be this will help you!

Request a malware review of your site

Requesting reconsideration of your site


10:29 pm on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

thanks for this

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