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Do people really think that there is/was a noticeable increase in overall traffic due to "summer vacations".
Depends on the topic of your site, I think. My traffic always drops off a lot during the summer. But travel sites, for example, would likely see an increase in traffic during the summer.
Depends on what the site is about. If the site is about baseball, then around now will be a high traffic time. If the site sells the sort of stuff commonly given as Christmas gifts, then this will be the slow time of the year.
However as others have posted, seasonal traffic patterns on the Web (and off) vary greatly by industry, and can in some case rise in summer.
Our overall summer traffic drops about 30% each year.
It has to do with 2 things. In the US and Canada, and to a lesser extent Europe, winter can be very cold, and most people want to stay indoors as much as possible. The other is that the daylight hours are much longer. People tend to want to do things when it is light rather than dark. And, in the US and Canada at least schools take a long break during the summertime. (I dunno if this is true for Europe.) Thus the summertime is ideal for family vacations and such. People on vacations don't spend much time on the Internet.
I am new to this. Thanks for the response Cabbie.
Can you expand on your reply? If I check a website that already has the link how can I tell if it gained pr. I would have to know what their old pr was and probably need to know other variables too. What if I want to convince another website that my site is passing Page Rank? Thanks again!
>Do people really think that there is/was a noticeable increase in overall traffic due to "summer vacations".
Yes, but it depends on the theme of the site. I manage 3 poetry sites that get pretty good traffic and as soon as school lets out in the summer --zip--there goes the traffic. I suspect it is kids getting ideas for their poetry assignments.
Long term effectiveness comes from lots of links, many of them not even showing on a links: search because maybe they are PR2 or PR3. But if you have a lot of these little links, you're not likely to lose big and fast either.
Also, the PR algorithm doesn't look at "sites", it looks at pages. Your own site also has pages with links, and creating more content pages on your own site can also boost the PR of other pages on your site - as well as giving you more link text to work with.
Not every valuable link comes from another domain - some can come from your own. And more content pages on a site gives you more chances to rank on more searches.