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February - Sales Dropped off a Cliff - Anyone else?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by ttmschine, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. ttmschine

    ttmschine Regular Member

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    Just wanted to get a feel for whether other people have had problems this month?

    January wasn't so bad, but this month has been awful, a site that usually does at least GBP £1500 per month has done a couple of hundred and that's it.

    I've looked back and last February was alright, this one awful - same traffic, etc, nothing really has changed.

    Anyone else noticed a lack of sales this month at all, or do I need to dig deeper to find the problem?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Stanleedpool

    Stanleedpool Registered Member

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    You might want to be a little more specific about your revenue stream if you'd like to start a meaningful conversation. Adsense, CPA, membership sites, etc. all of them might have different sales fluctuations over the same time period.
     
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  3. SEO1337

    SEO1337 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    If you're traffic is the same, it won't be due to any drop in rankings then most likely. What is the website? Is it an e-commerce store?
     
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  4. lilmasta

    lilmasta Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    what niche are your targeting?
     
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    Adsense, CPA, PPD, ?
     
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  6. ttmschine

    ttmschine Regular Member

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    Selling a service - no adsense, etc just plain old sales.

    I'm sat here scratching my head, cannot fathom why sales have suddenly ground to a halt - everything is the same apart from the money.
     
  7. veboo

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    Im testing a new site with amazon aff. not much traffic. I had two sales from 65 clicks in january :p $7.34 or so revenue. And I have around 120+ clicks but not a single sale :/ :D :D This is my two pieces. You have to be more specific on which network you are talking to :D
     
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  8. ttmschine

    ttmschine Regular Member

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    I'm not talking to a network, it isn't affiliate or adsense or any of that, it's a service - how much more spcific can I be than that without telling you the niche I'm working in and having a 1000 keyboard warriors all suddenly competing against me.

    I sell a service - sales have dropped off a cliff with no drop in traffic.

    The question is simple - is it just me or is Feb proving to be an utterly shit month for other people too.

    No other information is needed.
     
  9. talkmeow

    talkmeow Regular Member

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    Try offering a sale to boost income?
     
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  10. ttmschine

    ttmschine Regular Member

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    thank you - a sensible, non-fishing response - In actual fact I tried that with no response - I even tried lowering prices on the main 4 products - no response.

    I don't get why it's just hit a brick wall.

    Maybe it's one of those things and it will pick up again later. I hope.
     
  11. fc-dh

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    Well... maybe people don't need your service anymore or you got some bad rep somehow..

    Also Jan and Feb are always slow months people still have to recover from the holidays
     
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  12. SEO Dave

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    February has not been a particularly good month for me. I won't worry about it unless the trend continues over the next couple of months.
     
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  13. twinkletoes

    twinkletoes Junior Member

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    Did you try increasing prices? Or changing things to a limited time offer?

    I increased all my prices this year. Causing better response.
     
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  14. KevinRB

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    My traffic has been consistent, but income down both on CB and Media.net i suspect that it is quality of traffic....Google probably bombarding sites with bots testing our reflexes, last 3 days have been much better but first couple of weeks of February were BAD!
     
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  15. ttmschine

    ttmschine Regular Member

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    Thanks,
    interesting to see other people not having the best month either.

    Cheers.
     
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    May be demand for such a service has dropped? Or perhaps there is another provider offering something similar which is diluting your sales?
     
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  17. starki

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    Hmm, any new direct competitor around? Any new negative stuff (ratings, reviews, forum posts, etc.) popping up when doing a brand search?
     
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  18. kveldulv

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    It's because everybody's credit card statements from the christmas season have arrived.

    An CTO at a processing company once told me that that feb is historically the slowest month for commerce worldwide, for reason mentioned above.
     
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  19. The Curator

    The Curator Senior Member

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    February is legendary in sales for being slow...stop worrying. If this persists into May, start worrying. The global economy couldn't be more fragile at the moment...
     
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  20. ttmschine

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    Kveldulv and jnilij42 - thank you very much, that makes perfect sense!