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WebmasterWorld Weekly Roundup January 24

10:41 pm on Jan 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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This last week we've had some snow, and, although it hasn't disrupted me to much, I wondered how it has impacted the online activity.

It was hard to analyse with the Google Panda update and SERPs shifting, but I managed it in the end. I had noticed traffic to consumer-type sites was up a little, while some B2B sites stats hit the floor over that same period.

AdWords stats for the same sectors showed similar patterns.

I wonder if those stats are a reflection of people unable to get to their place of work and ended up surfing from home for private, non-work aspects.

Since the snow became less of a problem, those stats appear have returned to normal levels.
One positive aspect of the analysis is that I did discover some new keyphrases for a consumer site, so it has been a worthwhile exercise.

In the meantime, i'm back to keeping warm in the northern hemisphere.

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That's all for this week. If you've spotted some news that we haven't covered or discussed, drop me a stickymail.
Enjoy your week!


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