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11:34 am on Aug 1, 2018 (gmt 0)

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System: The following 2 messages were cut out of thread at: https://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4909313.htm [webmasterworld.com] by robert_charlton - 3:47 am on Aug 1, 2018 (PDT -8)

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HERE WE GO! Get your sit belts on:

Google Search Algorithm August 1st Update Rolling Out Now; Might Be A Big One
Aug 1, 2018
https://www.seroundtable.com/google-search-algorithm-update-26141.html [seroundtable.com]




[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 11:57 am (utc) on Aug 1, 2018]
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Some large greedy corporations, such as _ _ _ _ _ care only about bottom line figures, never heard any about corporate social responsibility, including gross tax avoidance.
Make America Great Again! Yeah, right . . . .

It's funny how Walmart got hammered in the media years back about forcing American companies to produce their products cheaper by outsourcing production to China. Then comes Amazon who simply cuts out American businesses and goes directly to businesses in China, which can be described as Walmart's business model on steroids.

Outside of Amazon's cut of 15%, warehouse storage and pick/pack fees, there's very little left that stays in the USA. The profit the business made selling on Amazon goes right to China, along with the manufacturing jobs required to replenish stock. On Amazon, USA based businesses are in the minority. That much is certain with half the sellers on Amazon living in China. Makes one wonder what really drives Google's love affair with Amazon when it comes to products. Neither company (Amazon or Google) appears to take too kindly to domestic businesses when they are both giving preference to offshore businesses and their products.
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It looks like they've made some changes. Traffic was really low today... just when I was seeing a good recovery from August 1st.
Worth noting that this weekend (Sat thru Mon) is a major holiday weekend in the US... Labor Day... and for some this becomes a 4 or 5 day holiday.

Some people shop. Some people travel. Some get their kids ready for school.

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Labor Day... and for some this becomes a 4 or 5 day holiday.


Aha! That's possibly why my traffic is way down today however it doesn't explain my UK centric sites which are also well below normal traffic levels.

Is something broken somewhere? I'm not insinuating it's a Google problem because my traffic is well down across all sites.
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my customers base is world wide and traffic is down - seems slightly better today so far but still down. The US holiday stuff could effect me a little but not to the degree ive been seeing. The fact that it is end of the month can have a bit of an effect also, but again I think there has been some tweaks in the algo again but no idea what they are about
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@Milchan

"...The US holiday stuff could effect me a little but not to the degree ive been seeing...."

Exactly! Beyond that, people use cell phone :) ... Rarely does anyone disconnect on vacation or weekend.

So this fact (vacation) was never something that would disrupt my conversions.

Anyway, I believe it was some new update from Tuesday to Wednesday.
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If the extremely low traffic continues then today will be one of my lowest-ever PVs and mine is supposedly global traffic.

I have to say that I am now seriously considering a US company base and US hosting to see what I can do about localisation of the SERPs etc. BUT saying that I have US widget trade colleagues who have also seen massive traffic falls and these are top 5,000 USA sites and USD 1+ Billion companies.

Everyone I am talking to is seeing traffic losses, not one has had any gains therefore where the heck has that traffic gone?

Are they no longer searching for "my trade products"?

Actual USA widget sales are up according to trade statistics and import/export data.
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Worth noting that this weekend (Sat thru Mon) is a major holiday weekend in the US... Labor Day... and for some this becomes a 4 or 5 day holiday.


So another G update incoming?

They said no more big updates during holidays, but they forgot about it fairly quickly :-)

Nothing better than destroy people lives while celebrating with friends and families
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In the past 48 hours my traffic has shrank by 70% from google. I am still getting traffic from affiliates though. There is something really odd going on. My suggestion to anyone that got it is to check your trust flow and citation flow. If your trust flow or citation flow got hit please update us here.

This is how you check: [checkpagerank.net...]
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Just waiting for Labor Day to fully end and settle before reading too much into my analytics.
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I hope Trump will help people that suffer a 90% drop like me!
Google cannot destroy a business since one day to another without a reason.
No bad content or copy content, no keyword stuffing, https, fast, no flash, long time in the website and good bounce rate!
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Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that most of the people complaining about some kind of drop in rankings seem to be those who are visibly lacking (at least based on their posts in this forum) when it comes to fluency and grammar in the English language.

Maybe we should call this the ESL Update rather than the Medic Update.
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@jmorgan
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed

It's definitely you. Friendly advice: have yourself checked.
ASAP.
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It's terrible today. Traffic worse than the worst days.

Someone else?

Tourism, USA

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