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[edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 2:47 pm (utc) on Apr 27, 2013]
This sounds like your new traffic (the increase) is not as well targeted as the original traffic was.
A closer and more granular study of the search terms and that pages the user arrives at should tell the tale of which is the right direction.
The overall visits for my website are regularly increasing...
I think there's so much misinformation about page views and bounce rate impacting rankings negatively when they're "too high" I wouldn't be surprised if many people try to manipulate those number, end up providing a worse user experience
I think I've been helped in seeing this by working with a wide variety of sites from the early days of the web.
Do you have any measures of engagement onsite? Time on site? Time on page?
Are we talking here about Google traffic, or about all traffic?
Here, I am talking about all traffic means direct traffic, referral traffic and search traffic.
Till Mar'13 there were on an average 300-350 visits/day, 3.5K page views/day and 5-6 pages/visits per day.
Now visits are more than 450 per day, page views are 1.2k and 3 pages/visits per day.
We measure engagement onsite through "downloads of software" and our number of daily downloads were not affected after page views decrement.
I take this additional information, all together, perhaps as a positive sign, though again that's a rough interpretation only. The same number of goal events (downloads) with fewer overall page views per day suggests to me that visitors are seeing content that motivates them to make a decision more quickly, which perhaps is an increase in efficiency.