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backdraft: I get these "windows" of sales only minutes apart, then hours of nothing. It's as if Google can turn us on and off while still showing our site in the SERPS. That is very strange and an experience shared by other sites over in the UK. I am in the US.
Here's a small sampling of past and recent discussion:
1. Google Traffic Throttling - where are we on this? [webmasterworld.com]
2. Time of day rankings changes [webmasterworld.com]
3. The Yo Yo Effect - is it now getting worse? [webmasterworld.com]
4. Huge drop in my blog traffic [webmasterworld.com]
5. Google Toggles our High Ranking On/Off Again and Again [webmasterworld.com]
6. One day spike in Google referrals [webmasterworld.com]
7. Is there a threshold for google traffic? [webmasterworld.com]
And there's more where that came from.
It seems like it's a lot harder to pin down now, and it was never easy. So what do you see? Is anyone wrestling with this on their own sites? Any ideas how it is being accomplished?
There will always be some greedy, scammy sob to mess it up for the rest of us forcing Google to tighten the system up once again.
backlink profile is a very big piece of a domain's trust signature
Lately as I have been pointing out in other threads pages with social networking strength have been rocking for us.
So much so that some of these pages can bring in 3-4000 visitors a day. What is incredible to watch is after our visit count spikes for some page like that, other pages that normally perform [four figures of] visitors per day will all suffer just enough the rest of the day to level us out to that 36,000 number.
The still very interesting bit for me are drall's numbers: 36K per day referrals really doesn't reflect a site with many problems, if any. And actually, a million referrals per month from Google alone, tells me it's quite a strong site.
I have seen our searches being drown out by more and more MFA sites.
So if I'm seeing like big drops in traffic (i.e. 30-50% less) from one day to the next (and my rankings are the same) is this what you guys are considering Google traffic throttling?
You might want to check your referral stats term by term for, say, a couple of weeks before Instant and now to see if there are differences in referrals by terms.
I suspect we're seeing both a GA glitch _and_ a significant update at the same time, that's why we're getting mixed results. I've seen some results sets flicker in for a few minutes that were distinctly different on normally very stable SERPs.
It appears we are seeing several issues, one of which is analytics related, one possibly related to peak hour instant or datacenter issues that occur at the same time, and also traffic throttling. It's impossible for us to say whether the destruction of goolge traffic from lunch until the close of business eastern time is one or the the other by here's a hint:
The moment traffic came thundering back analytics unstuck itself, conversions and traffic went back to normal? Is it possible analytics is part of the throttling equation?