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6:13 am on Sep 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Google is in the process of rolling out Panda 4.1. My site (hit by Panda 1.0 and multiple iterations after) has shown a lot of overall traffic flux during this roll-out. However, something has really been bugging me about the flux I'm seeing.

I track the % of each search engine referrals on a daily basis to my site. During this latest flux, Google has been where it should be. However, Bing, has dropped considerably. This is something I haven't seen before. Bing has always been stable for us (we have a love-hate relationship with Google). But the past few days, Bing has brought us less traffic than Yahoo (which also is strange as Yahoo is ALWAYS significantly less than Bing referrals).

I looked in Bing's Webmaster Tools and don't see anything amiss.

I have blocked a ton of scrapers in the past week but they all had .eu ip addresses so I doubt that could be related. I've just never seen such a big drop from Bing before.

Anyone else seeing a drop? We had a 25% drop in traffic from Bing (which isn't huge in the big picture of things since no one uses it but it matches up with the drop I've seen in the past few days)
4:16 pm on Sept 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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That's a huge traffic drop! It's a short period of time so it could be an anomaly, but if it remains so, that would be a concern. That anomaly could be a major event, good weather, or all manner of things of other things. It could also be a data center issue.

I have not noticed too much change to rankings, but I no longer follow them that closely. I'm more interested in traffic/referrals, which, at the time of looking, seems steady.
7:19 pm on Sept 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Must have been an anomaly because it lasted three days and is now completely back to normal. Weird!
8:28 pm on Sept 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Glad to hear it's back. :)

As you're watching it so close, please report back if you spot some changes. Thanks.
 

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