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Traffic drop

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by d3ky44, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. d3ky44

    d3ky44 Regular Member

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    Hi there, i have a question about a website i made before 5 months, i reached 7k people daily, and it was continuos traffic with small rises and drops between 6k-7.5k all depends on posts, i didnt do any kind of seo only a onsite seo with custom articles, the site is adult nature and there are no ilegal stuff at all, i didnt do any backlinking and now google webmaster tools which i started to use cause of this major traffic drop told me that i have 2 server errors and they were 2 tags like google cant crawl it, i droped in 3 days to 2.5k visitors so could it be that a server error triggered google to give me some kind of penalty or something, please help guys, thanks.
     
  2. GreyKnight

    GreyKnight Regular Member

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    No, server errors could not give you penalty. I get some of those today, and not experiencing any drops today.
    I would also suggest though to see what tags that Google have failed to crawl.
    The best analysis to discover dropping traffic is to see the sources of the visitors itself, did they came from Google, or came from social sites, this can be answered easily in Google Analytics.
     
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  3. d3ky44

    d3ky44 Regular Member

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    They cme from google only cause i have no social sites, i had only 50 visitors from social networks in 5 months.
     
  4. GreyKnight

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    So, the visitor came from Google. The main cause is that a loss of SERPS. Server problem may be an issue, but it is not major enough for a big drop. I got a site that has been constantly produces server error, but still reigning on the first page, with an occasional 1-2 drop, but never to second page.

    Any drop in SERPS?
     
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  5. d3ky44

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    No i gain higher positions daily, it seems like they are coming but cant come in the site, checked robots and everything i am not a noob in this stuff but i have to say something new is happening, i also ranked first andsecond for 5 keywords that easily can bring atleast 50k users monthly, so i should have more visitors, this drop is caused by something very stupid and i dont have a clue what is it, seo is definitely not if the server error cant cause seo drop then i dont know.
     
  6. AboveAll

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    You are getting visitors not only from the keywords you are tracking but from various longtails and because Google won't provide you most of them you can't know for what you've been dropping in the SERPs. You can monitor 50 keywords and you can be hit from completely different keywords which you cannot be aware of. Recently there were 2 updates from Google which were major and they can be the issue. Penguin is also coming so you drop of traffic can be result from the new algorithms which derank you for the keywords you cannot know and which you don't monitor.
     
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    It could be but to lose so many visitors it is a little bit strange.
     
  8. GreyKnight

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    Here's what you should check :
    - Do you experience a drop in SERPS? If so, how many, and how long it has been dropping?
    - Is it dropping to the rock bottom (-100 or more) or just go to page 2-3?
    - Are you doing something that may make the SERP drop (like blasting crap links, perhaps?)

    As AboveAll has mentioned, maybe your traffic came from sources that you don't know (long tails), and right know that source has gone.
     
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    Well, you don't expect to be on the SERP forever without lifting a finger.
    And even those who work their way to the top sometimes have price to pay too.

    Don't be naive, Google didn't penalize your site.
     
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    You may check how long your visitor stay on your website? Is your website is friendly or useful to your visitor? If they do, your website will never drop. Otherwise, even google don't penalize you, your traffic may be down
     
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  11. d3ky44

    d3ky44 Regular Member

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    Ok guys today i have the answer finally thanks for your help everyone but it seems that i have the webmaster tools 404 error which is caused by the latest update of yoast, it seems my theme is porly coded and yoast is messing with the sitemap giving wrong links to google.
     
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    That could be the problem, but ranking mostly depends on good backlinks. A 404 won't influence this a lot, unless these are live for a long time.