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maybe just a small reshufle. You will probably be back next time they mix the sauce ;)
The difference in the two sites is this:
One this is becoming peak market at this time of the year. The other, peak season is off a couple months yet. So, any loss in share of market of Google, or traffic in general, is offset by the growth of the site that is becoming peak. Where the non-peak site, would see the decline.
Having said that, I see no share of market loss for any search engine, on any site. They are all steady at this time.
Also, it has been very hot in the USA. More people at pool side, beaches, and sitting in air conditioned malls. As well, we are in back to school shopping mode here. That has something to do with it. It is close enough now to back to school, that orders online will begin to taper off, as shoppers want the purchases to arrive before kids go back to school. Only 'same day/next day' shipping sites will get heavy orders now.
>>We have seen a 15% drop in traffic last week accross our network of websites - anyone else notice a drop in traffic or know any particular issues that might be causing this?<<
The truth is that we can only guess and suggest, but only GoogleGuy can bring us a qualified answer. And it seems that GG is still on vacation ;-)
And here is my guess. We are just about to witness another reshuffling either this weekend or the weekend after. Because I have noticed that whenever Googlebot get more active than usual on my own site, an update or reshuffling follow. But I might be mistaken of course ;-)