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Whatever hit on Thursday
****straw clutch***** Weather related?
There was a dip in Google referrals in my server log on Thursday, but the dip in Thursday's Impressions in WMT - which I didn't see until this morning - is much more startling.
I will have to wait on Friday's WMT stats, but from Friday's server log it looks like Thursday was more of a temporary dip - were they testing something in the UK? - than a permanent change. I can't see much effect in the SERPS.
so there is a glitch in WMT reporting for Thursday
It's my impression that there are significantly less posts on webmasterworld than when I joined some years ago; this and the way more pessimistic outlooks reflects the changes google has wrought.
When your site can be ruined by some random stranger pressing a button, it's easy to think "why bother?".
If users tend to be happy
Bing is also a spidered search engine that's indexing and ranking pages from a trillion-page Web, and if their own current results challenge is anything to go by, users are happier with Bing's SERPS than Google's.