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2006 Memorial Day Weekend Slump Anyone?

It's a Shopping and Barbecue Weekend

     
11:22 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's only late afternoon on the US West Coast, but stats seem around normal, and if this keeps up, will end up on the lower end of average.

Will be interesting to see if this weekend has any surprises.

12:10 am on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If your site has anything to do with a product ...

are you saying that product sites have been hit harder than general info sites?

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While Sunday is running way behind on traffic, Saturday was our best earnings day in May, as eCPM continues to recover from the Adlinks debacle. Showing half as many ads now and making more money:-)
12:31 am on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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> are you saying that product sites have been hit harder than general info sites?

Google is pushing Froogle hard and so keyword, brands, and other specific product searches are now leading to Froogle links in the top search results postion. Sites that used to get top of page now are shown below the Froogle links. Did you Google canon eos and see the Froogle brown shopping bag icon and links?

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play-bach,

Thanks for the help but I don't have a product so that's not it.

I suppose it is just the season although I never thought information was seasonal.

I am still on page one of the serps but traffic is also down. I have many backlinks and bookmarks so I am surviving.

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OK, we're way down as well, maybe as low as 50% of last Sunday in traffic, we'll see how the day ends.

But does anyone correlate this to a lowering amount of URL's in Google? If I type site:www.mysite.com I used to get around 20,000 links. This week we started losing links every day, now we're down to around 13,000. I never did have that many pages, so I thought it was just a "correction" but traffic HAS been down about 1/5th all week... and that's hitting the bottom line hard.

This started off as one of our best months ever, which is good, because the end of it is around 40% drop in revenue...

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i never though information was seasonal

no, perhaps the information isn't seasonal but internet traffic can be seasonal. today is the first long weekend in the U.S. with good weather in much of the country. if people are on vacation, or at a barbecue, they aren't on your site.

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Dismal traffic, good time to step away from the computer.
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Kid A: 13,000 LINKS?

That's a nighmare scenario for Big Daddy. Time to do some housecleaning!

1:59 am on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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> This week we started losing links every day, now we're down to around 13,000.

If you haven't checked it out already, here's Part 3 of "Pages Dropping Out of Big Daddy Index"
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Dibbern:

Housecleaning: like what? I have about 2,500-3,000 pages (I think). Always have, its Google that's mucking up counting them?

What do you suggest?

I scanned that Big Daddy list, but I don't know how or if we're affected like this.

I will say last year, almost to the day we had a massive drop off from the Bourbon update, knocked nearly all out of the index for 3 weeks. So maybe this is just the time of year for this sort of thing. At least its not that bad this year.

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Did you Google canon eos and see the Froogle brown shopping bag icon and links?

I can't say that I do.

Maybe it's geotargeted and my part of the world (Australia) doesn't' yet see it

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Sunday was my best traffic day ever, but that was more likely because I seem to be coming out of the sandbox gradually and traffic to some pages have increased substantially. Also, starting to get traffic from Yahoo (I already get a decent number from MSN).

I think Monday will be slow though, it seems to be holiday everywhere. I can't wait for Tuesday because normally my traffic on weekdays is around 30% more than on the weekend. I am hoping for mini surge on Tuesday. Lets see what happens.

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> I can't say that I do.

OK. I just sticky mailed you a screenshot
See it now?

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Ha! Well, my earnings will be down today since we are suffering a DDOS attack right now!

Better get some apology notices ready to go up for when we re-surface:-)

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Traffic and earnings are about 2/3 normal for a weekend, and Monday is also down so far. I'm not surprised. My visitors are heavily US, and (mostly) older and married, so likely to be doing things on a summer holiday weekend.

So, not surprising. II don't have numbers for this, but my impression of my past two summers with AdSense is that weekends are down more from the weekday average than they are at other times of year.

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My traffic is down 60% this holiday week-end and earnings are down about 50% as well. Was headed for a record month until last Thursday. Took the time to do some hunting for MFA's on my site and found a whole wack of em. Maybe I'll designate all holiday week-ends to MFA hunting :-))
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Maybe I'll designate all holiday week-ends to MFA hunting

Whack An MFA Weekend, WAMFAW:-)

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How has it been. Believe it not, the traffic was a lot better yesterday than today. Usually, Mondays are at least 25/30% better than a Sundays. Even though there are still a few hours to go today, I am not expecting to catch yesterday.
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It's a national holiday in the US. Don't expect much from national holidays.
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bad weekend overall... hopefully tuesday the bank will have my EFT and I'll see a good adsense day along with it :).
10:04 pm on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The traffic is growing but the payment is LOW, very LOW!
12:05 am on May 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My earnings are normal for May; however, my earnings for May are substantially lower than previous months.
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i had my record lowest day ever yesterday and highest ever today.
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Lost a 1,000 visitors yesterday (25%) but every thing else is/was normal.
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I'm getting about 2/3 of normal traffic over the weekend.
I expect this to pick up late Monday or early Tuesday.
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big holiday weekends always suck for my site, my traffic drops by two thirds. But as long as you know that you might as well take the weekend off too;~)
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My traffic was down 20 - 30% depending on the day, but my income stayed almost the same.
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