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Site visits suddenly plummeted why?

     
4:42 pm on Mar 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I don't know much about website development. I have a site through Intuit Websites. On March 6th, my website visits plummeted. I was getting about 100 visits a day since the first of the year. For some reason, everything dropped on the 6th. I looked at all my stats this morning, comparing March 6th-9th to another 4 day period. From March 1-4 I had 315 search engine visits, 108 direct, 10 from backlinks and 4 from social networks. This is typical since Jan 1 when people start thinking about gardening. March 6-9 I had 71 search engine visits, 39 direct visits, 5 from backlinks and 2 from social network. I wonder if for some reason only about a third of people are able to access my site for some reason. There is no other reason for this drop. The stats are the same through both Intuit and Google analytics, so I know it isn't a stat problem. Any thoughts? Thank you
8:38 pm on Mar 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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All to often whenever there is a sudden drop in Google traffic people start looking for issues on their own site that could have caused the drop in ranking. Sometimes its exactly the opposite. It may be things other sites have done to increase their ranking, and as a result your ranking has dropped.

There are a lot of other factors to take into account, for example has your site had any recent downtime?

On your own site. Have you made any changes in the past month or so?

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1:29 pm on Mar 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've made minor changes. I would be ok (but frustrated) if it were just the rankings. But the people that have come from links and the people that have come directly have also dropped.
6:55 pm on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I just thought I'd come back with an update. After about a week, my site visits returned to normal e.g. over 100 a day. Yeah, I'm baffled. But happy.
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Unfortunately theses things do happen from time to time, and it can be very challenging trying to analyze exactly what went wrong.

Glad you're traffic has returned, hope it stays that way :)

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4:03 am on Mar 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Weird things do happen. On one site we have traffic up by 20% but I notice that over the last 3 months WMT is showing a dramatic drop in backlinks from 48,000 to 35,000. It had not been below 48k for 18 months.

Anything in the air that could explain that drop?