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Anyone noticing gradual traffic alterations through this month?

Differences in levels of google referals.

     
6:19 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Am I alone in seeing a lot of gradual difference in the levels of google referals during the course of this month?

Hate to say it but for me the changes are not for the better, I have seem a 50% drop happeneing gradualy since the 16th of this month.

Anyone else seeing a similar pattern or, better still, going in the opposite direction.

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6:23 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Our site is related to current events in a particular geographical region and so there are other factors that could be at play. However, even factoring for this, I have also noticed quite a large variation over the course of this month. There was a big dip for a while in the middle of the month. It seems better these past couple of days.
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Same for me. Google has "lost" most of my pages, (97 % of 5000!) since I did a domain redirection in February. After Dominic the index now used has rightly thrown away the pages of oldDomain, but is also in its January state for newDomain, that is nil plus 187 freshbotted pages...

The consequence is something like a 40 % drop on the number of daily visits. Nothing terrible, since my site is a hobby and I don't sell anything there, but I suppose this might be very unpleasant if I did my living over it.

Let's hope the lost pages will come back soon ("matter of weeks, not months" wrote GoogleGuy somewhere).

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I have seen a good increase in Google referrals. Started on the 19th and now seems to be leveling off at about a 25% increase. I deal in a category that is relatively stable for most of the year and is only influenced when the economy goes a very long way south.
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"Same for me. Google has "lost" most of my pages.."

Same position for me. I remember Googleguy saying backlinks would be filtered back in. I don't supose there is any way we can know but do you suspect this is part of the process.

When i do a search for site title I get a lot less results that I am used to. Page rank has remained the same. It just seams to matter where it really counts. Referals.

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Yup, I looked at my stats graph quickly the other day, and thought the peaks and throughs were the weekly hustle, but ohhhhh nooooo - up and theeeeeeen... down.... and up... and currently dooooown....?

It's a really big Googleplexperiment for sure, with some big waves, wonder where we'll all wash up?

Looks like a few webmasters will be heading to the store for motion sickness pills this month!

That toast wasn't a good idea this morning 8O{}

Let's rename the last/current update Public Beta Wavemaker then shall we? ;O)

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The feeling I get is that Google are experimenting intermitantly with an algo tweek (or perhaps a datacenter with a new algo), and one algo likes my site whereas the other doesnt. I just hope is settles on one soon, so I can wrk out where to go from here.

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I've seen a slight drop in the last week, which I ascribe to the U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend and end-of-the-year doldrums at universities (where many students are studying for finals, taking finals, or packing up and heading for home).

My top pages remain the same (they all have just a bit less traffic), and my Google/Yahoo/MSN referral percentages don't seem to have changed, so I don't think the slowdown is related to the latest Google update. (Spot checks of my leading Google keywords and keyphrases show hardly any changes in rankings; in the few cases where I do see differences, the changes in ranking are slight and cancel each other out.)

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Mack - I am seeing the same. One version has my site come up #1 out of 4 million. The other I am #11 (lost). I would like to see it settle either way so I can see what the story is.
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Overall web traffic is so seasonal that looking at raw referrals is not very helpful. I find it much more useful to look at Google referrals as a percentage of all visitors. Recently that stat has moved UP slightly for me, to the point that Google now supplies about 54-55% of all my visitors.
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I've seen a good rise in referrals form Google since the update They're now as good as they were a few months back.
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I have noticed some big ups and downs from 16000 unique visits to 27000 unique a day and today I see that my page has moved again to the better on some keywords, those changes happend today.

It is a wierd update this time it will not saddle down for real.

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