joined:July 14, 2015
If you aren't happy about Google business policy, please share your opinion in our Google Finance & Business section [webmasterworld.com...] and keep this thread on topic :)
I posted a long and detailed post about Google business policies in the Business section and it never saw the light of day.
Regarding the on/off traffic people are seeing. we are seeing that as well. Retail, USA, niche market, Penguin hit. (We've been on an NSEO spam drip for a while, about 5-10 bad links per week for years. Over 900 domains disavowed and counting).
Near the end of October things started to pick up and I thought we were finally going to take off post Penguin. Then things crashed again like pre-Penguin. Funny thing is, numeric ranks are at an all time high using rank checking tools, they are higher than they have ever been for competitive keywords, and holding steady. But the conversions don't match the rankings. If you go from #14 to #7 for many competitive words, why do you get 1/4 the conversions from before? That makes no sense.
Also, orders turn on at a certain time, like 11AM, then boom, boom, boom, orders every few minutes then Google decides we've had enough for the day and cuts us off an hour later. Not one more sale the rest of the day. Next day? Same pattern. A rapid fire window then dead the rest of the day.
I want to guess that this is AI related, since machine learning does what historically works best, then does occasional experiments to question the existing assumption. See: [en.wikipedia.org
...] But what doesn't make sense is why these experiments would run all at once in an hour long window, rather than affect 1% of the queries all of the time, which would be less disruptive.