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i think to mention that traffic is down and some other WM agree to it will help webmasters see that it is Google changing the system again and not the a Problem with the site
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:56 pm (utc) on Aug 8, 2014]
canaries as a possible warning system
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:50 pm (utc) on Aug 8, 2014]
[edit reason] splicing update threads [/edit]
Mobile usage now accounts for 25% of all web usage across the globe - up 14% from a year ago
And it's interesting that after all these years we don't know what G means by "mobile".
Still, it's true that Google's signals can be confusing. In Google Analytics, Audience/Mobile/Overview has three categories (Desktop, Mobile, and Tablet), but Audience/Mobile/Devices is a single catch-all category for tablets and phones. And that's just Google Analytics, which may categorize things differently than the Search team does.
I trust my stats for my sites and I see a split of 50% desktop, 35% tablet and 15% mobile (G's analytics definition). So from my perspective the news is not that mobiles are 25% it's that tablets are 35%.
What confuses the situation even more is that it is probably hugely, geographically skewed as well. "Mobile" usage is probably far more prevalent in less developed world countries
I know for a fact that mobile is huge in both China and India, in fact in China they're no longer laying physical lines since it's cheaper and faster to construct mobile networks and much easier to repair after severe weather conditions or disastrous earthquakes etc.
quite a few people use cellular USB devices on their laptops and desktops
"Mobile" usage is probably far more prevalent in less developed world countries (no definition of that either)
Algoroo reports a high level of turbulence in Google’s search results after more than 2 months of silence
Update: A review by our chief engineer reveals no obvious anomalies with our dataset. We’re probably looking at a genuine algorithm update at Google.
We had our first deep crawl in quite a while on August 5