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I scripted it that a new article is published every day.
The new site was doing very well (400 unique visitors after 1 month of life) and the trend was obviously great.
One week ago, no apparent reason, the site was pushed 300+ back in SERPs.
How do you see this behavior?
Is there a limit for a new website? A time limit in which is admitted to grow up?
The site is COMPLETELY white hat and useful.
But only the most amazing new sites hold onto that - if, for instance, the site gets a lot of media attention. It is more common is to fall back. Then it takes time to build your rankings and trust up, bit by bit, day by day.
This idea of a daily quota has come up before, and not just for new sites, either. With the current cycling that we see in some of the SERPs, it's not out of the question that some like this is in play - I'll keep an open mind about it and an eye out for evidence. But it certainly strikes me as a odd way to run a search engine, if it is true.
A limitation on AdWords traffic, eg, might be budget related.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:05 pm (utc) on July 23, 2008]
I typically tell clients with a brand new site (or large site overhaul) to figure on at least six months before they start seeing reasonably good traffic from Google. That way, they know what to expect from the start, and if it comes in early - it's all good.
At the end of each day for the past month we recive exactly 100 visitors from google search traffic. The taffic seems divided almost evenly between some of our desired keywords. Most of our lesser keywords are still not performing at all.
I understand that due to problems of our own making(site structure, duped meta files and other things that incidently we have cleaned up after coming to webmaster world...) that our site isn't getting the traffic we hope for, but google IS limiting daily how many people get to visit our site.
I hope my post makes sense...I'd be happy to clarify further...
In essence google will add in the new keyword but as far as visitors go we still have 100 visits, but they are now spread over 11 keywords. Each time we add something new that google appears to like our 100 visitors are then spread out over 12, 13, 14, 15 keywords and so on...The point is, the total number of organic traffic from google always stays exactly the same.
doesn't anyone esle see this happening on thier sites?
Some relatively simple statistical tests could determine whether daily traffic falls into a reasonably normal normal distribution, or shows an abnormal lack of day to day variation. But I admit I haven't done it, and hadn't even thought of it until now.
On the other point, yes, it is quite common for a new site, or new page, to rank well initially and then fall back. If a new site falls back a lot, it's called the "sandbox effect". After 1+ month of high rankings, I saw a 90% drop in traffic that lasted more than a year. Then a slow climb back to, and well beyond, original levels.