After having a couple of sites, I have noticed that my new sites usually receive monthly traffic boosts around the beginning of the month.
What usually happens is that the site would receive steady set amount of daily traffic for about a month, then receive a 10%~20% boost at the turn of the new month.
The time of boost is usually between the 25th to the 4th.
Please note that the only "manual" link building that I do is from my existing related sites for content discovery purposes only. So the sites receives no manual link work from me after that first month.
Could this be an effect or related to Google using user metrics to give sites additional traffic and exposure? This is given the assumption that I did very little link building. Or could it be that the "link" is "gradually" flowing the trust to the new site? Instead of google ranking it higher based on user signals.
Have others noticed similar effects with their new launches? Where the traffic is more or less intentionally throttled at a level and then receive boosts later after a given amount of real visitors reflected their usage on the content.
Note: This can also have reverse effects on "existing" site complain of gradually losing traffic. As new sites gain traffic, existing sites must lose traffic at around that same time. Around what time of the month do people generally experience jump in lost traffic?
I guess what I am really trying to get is...Is our time better spent to work on building more manual links? Or to create better content which generates better usage signal..? What are your experiences?