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6:53 am on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing our old zombie traffic since the end of the year. So we'll have a slow week, then like clockwork things will be back to normal next week or so.

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10:47 am on Jan 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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UK-based. Saw a 33% drop in WMT reported backlinks yesterday.
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The SERPs I'm interested in here in the UK seem to be set in stone. I'd welcome any change right now if only to relieve the boredom.
3:15 pm on Jan 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Changing by the hour, a record start the day with 20-25 users on the site at an one time to when its target market wakes *( USA ) to 10-15, strange.
6:41 pm on Jan 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Anyone else seeing a new bias in favor of EMD's lately
7:20 pm on Jan 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Anyone else seeing a new bias in favor of EMD's lately 


No, but I see more Pinterest crap within the 10 first results. A new bias in favor of KNOWN copyright violators. Pinterest is a huge scraper type site and still Google thinks it deserves a place on the first page of the serps.
9:52 am on Jan 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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nyone else seeing a new bias in favor of EMD's lately


No, definitely not. If anything mine seems to be going in the wrong direction!
10:07 pm on Jan 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Have experienced an approx. 10% traffic increase with very noticeable ranking improvement starting 1/9. This is a Panda 1.0 ecom site that has gone nowhere but down since then so I'm not used to posting about increases. EMD's were mentioned this week but this is not an EMD.
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Has a page rank update just gone through? my home page has gone from 5 to zero;-(
11:21 am on Jan 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Has a page rank update just gone through?


The PR of my pages hasn't changed (UK).

WMT shows a big drop on traffic metrics: 36% drop in impressions, 45% drop in clicks, and 22% drop in phrases returning a page 1 result (avg. position <=10, although this last measure is always a bit suspect).

Backlinks haven't changed much.

The WMT stats are month-on-month, so a lot of this could be the Christmas period (what I supply isn't at the top of everyone's Search agenda when they are on holiday) coupled with January (which is always a slow month). It doesn't look quite so grim in my server logs, but I am not planning a last-minute skiing holiday on the strength of those either.
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my website is also getting low traffic in jan 2013 but I am hopeful for future. Also adsense earning went down too much
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Seeing a HUGE increase for "Kilobytes downloaded per day" and "Time spent downloading a page (in milliseconds)" in WMT while "Pages crawled per day" is about the same.

Anyone else seeing the same thing?
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Im seeing different results off different browsers. The last google update was a month ago today, are we in the middle of another one?
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I can't remember the last time the SERPs in my niches were so static for so long. New sites don't seem to have been getting listed for some time either. I wonder if it's got anything to do with regulatory issues?
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I wonder if it's got anything to do with regulatory issues?


That's an interesting observation! Seems like nothing has changed since 12/24, no major updates. They must have a new CYA department to go through now before pushing out updates.
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This is becoming unbearable now...

My website which has been online since 2004 and was considered a 'power portal' for the industry I'm in has reached new lows today! Note my website is an exact match domain keyword-keyword-keyword.com but as I said it has been there for years and years and over the years has accumulated lots of great links from sites which use my website as a reference.

I've already lost most rankings for many keywords in the last few penguin/panda updates... now I've had the final blow on my main keyword for the domain.

My website seems now to be on the 12th page in google for its primary keyword.

What is happening - has there been another google update over the past couple of days? It was showing on the first page just days ago. This is just absurd - the site still ranks great on bing/yahoo but is nowhere to be found on google now! There just seems to be an evil hand out there trying its best to put us out of business.
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There just seems to be an evil hand out there trying its best to put us out of business.


You and everyone else!
3:02 pm on Jan 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Ref: potential new update

That Dec 21 update gave us a pretty hard slap. Lots of extra traffic, but a conversion rate about 1% (normally 1.7ish) and average order value down too.

Had another referral shift on 12/13th Jan, which seems to have reverted to previous ranking.

But, we monitor a lot of SERPs, and it doesn't look widespread. But then, the Dec21 update was pretty low key anyway.
4:08 pm on Jan 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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strange thing happened: in WMT my "not selected" pages dropped significantly:
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5:57 pm on Jan 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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@menntarra_34 I saw the exact same drop recently any ideas why?
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in WMT my "not selected" pages dropped significantly


I had that happen as well. It went from 2,111,750 "not selected" on December 23 down to 134,245 on Dec 30. I was hoping it was some sort of indicator that we'd be getting a reprieve from Panda after a bunch of changes I'd done in December, but if others are seeing it as well I'm guessing that's not the case (bummer).
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on Dec 30

same here...on that date
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@kheadley
i've no idea, i constantly remove duplicate content, but i haven't done any big changes which could be the cause. One thing i do know is that, when i was first hit by PANDA, my "not selected" pages hit the sky. I was hoping it can be the opposite now: maybe PANDA is leaving. But as i see others experienced the same, so it might just be some changes on google's side.
9:23 pm on Jan 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I saw a steady increase in traffic since Dec. 23 (More than double). On Jan 11th I started to see a semi-sharp decline in traffic. I have lost 50% of the traffic I gained since Dec. 23rd.
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@kheadley @menntarra
How old are your sites that see this drop in "not selected" and what countries ? Just working on a theory :)
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Just to follow up on my post last week, today I have noticed all rankings in Google Australia have become more stable, no more fluctuation so far. No same domain results as well, looks more normal to me
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@johnhh
My site is 4 years old, US traffic.
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@johnhh My site is 1.5 years old, UK traffic.
9:54 am on Jan 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I can also report a regaining of rankings across many sites around 12th/13th Jan, after previous drops in Dec. Things are now back to where they were couple of months ago.
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@menntarra 34 @kheadley

Thanks for the info - that disproved my theory ! :)
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FYI - regarding the change in "not selected" numbers that many of us are seeing, I spoke to my Google rep yesterday and told him about it. He's going to look into it to see if he get any info on what changed exactly. I'll report back if finds anything meaningful.
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