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HUGE Google traffic surge (August 30th)

7:09 am on Aug 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have just been reviewing my stats and noticed two different sites with massive gains in organic traffic. Has anybody else noticed this today(Aug 30th)?

The second site is rather new, and had just been moved over to a new server.

The first site has regained a good chumk of the traffic that it first lost at the end of November 2006.

The google gods just seem to come and go as they please.

Anyone else notice anything?

3:00 am on Sept 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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tedster, I looked at the reason for the increase...since you asked. I had an increase of only 8% in URLs hit, but an increase of 32% in the number of keywords during the two traffic spikes. During the first traffic spike I had a 50% increase in google image hits, but image hits were normal volume during the second surge.

Long story short, my site is ranking for more long tails and google image searches during the traffic surges.

3:53 am on Sept 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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On one of my sites, I've seen about a 25 percent increase from Aug. to Sept. During September, stats have increased throughout the month. There is a slight drop on Fridays (which is the way it has always been) but by Sunday, there are more visits than any other day of the week. Traditionally Sunday is as slow as or slower than Saturday, though.

One word search terms are way up. For example, in April, one word had 227 searches. So far this month, that word has 1,314 searches. This is an image site and all of the terms that are up are visual. Two-word terms and longer are very consistent with April's figures.

Google Images has doubled its referrals, including the other countries' Google Images referrals. Google's main index referrals are down; they are 1/3 of what they were in April. (While the site is seeing a 25 percent increase from Aug. to Sept., there has been, overall, a four-fold increase in site visits since April.)

I haven't seen anything good come from the traffic yet. This is a niche in which the action words/verbs are more important than the nouns. For example, it is something like a photographer's site, in which it would be better to rank well in the main index under "automobile photographer" than to get traffic from image searches on the word "corvette". Earlier this year, one of the pages was on the 4th page of google results on the site's main action word. Now it has disappeared from the results as far as I can tell.

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