Hello guys, I noticed some strange numbers in our hour stats, seems to be because of world cup but I'm not sure. Numbers are strange between 11:00AM and 5PM (GMT). Anybody noticed something like that ?
There are mentions in other threads of time-based traffic shifts, but I'm not sure it's aligned to the World cup in some way. I'm betting on some other kind of technical implementation at Google, but it's still a bit mysterious.
I've seen examples of traffic-shifts that closely correlated with workday hours and days of the week.
It would take a huge viewing audience, though, for a sports event to drain off that significant a part of a site's search traffic... but conceivably a site that had the same demographic as the World Cup audience might see some traffic loss.
You'd either have to run the numbers to predict, or else have a site with that kind of demographic to observe.
I posted about my traffic shift in another thread and it's not soccer related. It's Google related. I know that because only Google traffic is down today when compared to last Tuesday. If all 3 major engines shows a massive reduction in traffic I'd blame soccer but it's ONLY Google.