You know these figures we hear of US and UK search share - how are these verified? I'm asking because I had a site recover last December after dropping out for 6 months, although it regained the ranks it never regained the volume.
We did a comparison and traffic is down year over year for the same position in the serp's. Bing / Yahoo has consistently grown over the last 2 years.
This makes me wonder, what with all the SEO's / site owners frantically checking keywords rankings daily - are the results skewed? Are all those rank trackers included? We, as webmasters, don't tend to do this with Bing, they are mostly stable so we don't need to check as often. They also don't have massive updates which ignite a frantic round of keyword checking throughout the industry.
Google would have no reason to let us know 'well actually 30% of our searches are the same people bulk searching the same phrases every day, we're actually down 20% on real searches'. They would be even less likely to let us know that of the remaining searches 50% were 'lazy searchers' - people who know where they are going but type it into the google search box because it's on their home page.
This is not meant to be a conspiracy theory, it's just what is reported doesn't seem to tally up with my personal experience. Has anyone else thought / noticed this?