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I think the loss of long tail is more to do with Google's incredible improvements in Adwords relevance matching. - internetheaven
Long tail traffic in most cases relies on internal link juice, this is how it works. - SEOPTI
[edited by: tedster at 7:44 pm (utc) on May 22, 2010]
What happened: First the site lost one PR point from 6 to 5 in the last update. Traffic went up, so I did not care at all, but maybe it completes the picture.
Tuesday, April 27th: solid and good traffic, but slightly lower than last week.
Wednesday, April 28th: first noticeable drop of around 10%
Thursday: 25% loss of traffic to Tuesday
Yesterday: 27% loss of traffic to Tuesday
Think this is the current status: Lost around 25% of power/traffic somehow.
Can someone shed some light on when we are going to see one set of SERPs that is consistent all the time? ...When is all of this is going to settle down once and for all?
it affects everything in ripples, not all at once
[edited by: tedster at 10:48 am (utc) on May 3, 2010]
I hate the "you probably meant" feature.
It often specifically gives me exactly what I was not looking for.
I belive the reason the clean well seo'd sites are feeling the effects first is that these are the easiest ones for google to digest and update (onto caffine) but doing these first results in reduced positions until the final switch.
What do you mean by feeling the effects? Are you talking about WMT numbers, or are you thinking something else, like thinking they are migrating data from one storage type to another?
A site that was ranking fine for several keywords moved from the first page to the third page. It seems to me like a small penalization: most of the page had been cached two-three days ago.
A further piece of speculation, the 90% drop only happened on the site that used webmaster tools, I have another which does not use it and has been unaffected.
[edited by: zoltan at 3:46 pm (utc) on May 3, 2010]