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I am talking about traffic of nearly 7 k from google everyday and hence its a sizable decrease.
Looking for early answers on how we could check the things
I noticed one interesting thing which is that none of my clients have a backlink to my site so I did some checking.
[b}99% of the new backlinks are PR 3 or less, [/b] and the reason my clients are not showing any backlinks from my site is because my pages that I link to clients are PR 4 or 5.
So this is another useless backlink update
I still see not so good results on serps, no changes since 3-4 days ago.
Someone mentioned linking patterns - Ive got both recip and non recip links coming in - and neither seems to have played a factor - affiliate links dont seem to have an effect either - there's something else being missed completely and I still havent figured it out.
I also think this might be some type of penalty. When you put in the exact string of text that I had previously optimized to perfection and I was always #1 in the SERPS, I am now on page 6 next to unrelated topics of sorts.
My traffic fluctuates a lot, so it is too early to tell if this change is permanent. But somebody has to be getting an increase in traffic to balance out the decrease of other sites. Could it be that Google is tilting the algorithm to favour noncommercial sites?
I agree partly with you, we have seen a rise in MSN hits,
we put this down to MSN running search results with out Look Smart payed results before main body of serch results as they use to.
This has been very benifical to our sites.
My only comment on google results is that for some key words (and only one or two) it is way off first base.
Top 3 in the key words are pages that are the results of Look Smart results and they are not Look Smart owed pages
Having said all this Google still gives us 2/3rds of our visitors