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50% drop in visits

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by pluis3103, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. pluis3103

    pluis3103 Newbie

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    Hi,

    One of my websites, that usually had around 1500-1800 visits a day, suffered a 50% drop in visits starting from March 6th, 2013.

    No major changes to the site were done that day, despite a new banner (with a link to a Facebook app) and a new calendar with events (a basic calendar in php without javascript - html basically).
    There haven't been any warnings in Google's Webmaster Tools either. Any idea of what's going on?
    I appreciate the help.
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  2. dennis727

    dennis727 Power Member

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    I believe there was a Panda update on March the 6th.
     
  3. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Pluis,

    Its almost impossible to say that you were affected or were not affected by an update or what is going on with your site without some detailed information. For instance possible culprits could be the algorithm update but were you doing anything that could have caused you to get penalized? If so, start there.

    Another possibility is your hosting provider. Sometimes providers will reject traffic to your domain because bandwidth limits have been exceeded. Have you tried looking there (1800 visits a day is pretty heavy).

    Another possibility is that there could be some kind of conflict with the javascript code that you added with the Analytics tracking snippet (although this seems unlikely).

    If you were in fact doing everything right and you have ruled out any other possibilities, you can always reach out to Google to tell them you are being unfairly penalized. Thee have made mistakes before.

    Maybe you can find more ideas here,

    http://searchenginewatch.com/articl...c-Drop-6-Questions-to-Help-Diagnose-the-Cause

    Best,

    Shawn
     
  4. justinslatter

    justinslatter Newbie

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    But the Panda update (which Google never confirmed) was believed to be rolled out on Friday, 8th or Monday, 11th March, right?
     
  5. ija61

    ija61 Senior Member

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    No, it was up since 6th -7th... you are talking about an announcement made by Matt Cuts of a new update witch didn't come
     
  6. supportnhelp

    supportnhelp Regular Member

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    Matt cutts said, now panda will gradually roll out and seems now there will be no official update in future.

    I also confirm google panda update start from 6th march.

    check these threads, people talking about same topic
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/white-hat-seo/541363-what-hell-happened.html
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/black-hat-seo/540309-google-update-again.html
     
  7. kasheshe

    kasheshe Regular Member

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    It's easy to say its Panda or Matt Cutts peeing on your cake. The truth of the matter is that you've given very little info for one to make a concrete reason as to what happened. Just saying traffic went down on a particular day is not enough.

    for all we know, your site could have been flagged for spam, you could have forgotten to pay for hosting, panda may have been used, you may have used sape.......and on and on and on.

    What you need to do is to trust someone with your site who will have the stats and they will tell you what happened. Right now, there are too many reasons why this happened and you are likely to believe anything anyone tells you.