Last month I posted a topic here about a phenomenon where visits go down for a couple months of the year, followed by rankings, later to have visits and rankings go back up simultaneously.
Right as this post-Independence Day week started, it was like some knob was turned and the rankings went back up across the board, just as traffic levels started to rise on the site as a whole (not just organic).
I'm definitely starting to "become a believer" that Google uses some kind of visitor analytics as part of the ranking algorithm. Perhaps not GA data, but maybe toolbar or browser or long-click data (or all three).
What is strange, though, is that it happens almost instantaneously. I can see no evidence that there is improvement in visits and then a ranking increase. It's just visits and rankings go up at the same time.
It's for this reason that I use to think this was caused by being put in and then released from an algorithmic penalty, but during the same period of time for the last three years in which traffic across all channels exhibits the same pattern? How likely is that?
How does that even happen?
How is your (not provided) entry doing? Up or down compared to the same point last year?