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Google and AOL traffic strange ratio



9:20 am on May 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello Guys,
I've the strange case. As I know aol has less then 5% in worldwide search engine traffic and google currently has more then 50%. I've a website which ranks on top 3 places in Aol and in google on the same keywords. but the strange thing is that tha traffic is 10 times more from aol then from google and I expected the vise versa. how is this possible? the term is pure american one. I thought that maybe the data bases differ on aol and on the whole google and they are not same currenlty. Do you have any idea what might be the problem?

[edited by: tedster at 2:48 pm (utc) on May 1, 2008]


3:38 pm on May 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I agree with you that this is quite unexpected. I wonder if, even though you see the same ranking on Google and AOL, your site is getting filtered out for many other Google users. Almost seems something like that must be happening.


6:08 pm on May 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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That seems pretty much impossible, so there must be something wrong. My site is like a 200:1 Google to AOL ratio. Maybe you've been SafeSearched?


7:00 pm on May 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think the same, it seems that my site is being filtered for other us visitors. but what might be the reason? if the filter is applied, why it is not on the aol and other google databases(on which i can see my site on the same places as on aol), is it possible it is applied on some google databases only?
maybe it is just a matter of time, till all the data bases are the same. But if this remains more then a month, I'll not have any explanation. this situation is happanening already 2 weeks. The site is fairly new. If you have any comments, I'll be glad to hear them.

Anyway, partly filter is very strange and maybe it is the matter of data bases, till they are all the same...


7:02 pm on May 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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is it possible that safesearch is applied automatically on the vast majority of us databases?

[edited by: Noximus at 7:03 pm (utc) on May 1, 2008]


9:05 pm on May 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Actually, I don't know if Google's SafeSearch database is different than AOL's. I would imagine they're the same, but it was the only explanation I could think of off the top of my head.


10:10 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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maybe google has time filter on certain category sites, such as pharmacy?...
what do you think?


10:42 am on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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How are you counting the hits? I have seen third party hit counter services take every AOL customer page view as a unique visit which can rather skew the stats.

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