Before the Phantom Panda my monthly traffic was the typical sine wave, pretty much completely governed by day-of-week.
After the Phantom Panda my traffic is pretty much just a straight line, day-of-week effects are now about 80% muted. And of course it's my peak traffic days that have been taken away so as to match my lower traffic days.
There was no 'phantom panda.' There was a change in the main Google algorithm; Google makes about 500 changes a year to that.
There is no such thing as a Google quota for search engine results or for sending traffic to a site. There is a limit for domain clustering on page one, but even that has increased lately to allow more webpage results from the same site. People who imagine some sort of quota are having a bad case of sour grapes and should be improving the quality of their content instead of drinking that Kool-Aid.
Why thank you! The doomsday clock and the doomsayer - what could be more appropriate?
But seriously, watching the traffic figures since the first Panda, it just seems almost a certainty that there is a quota. Not one enforced by an algorithm, though, but one manually applied whenever HP gets "uppity" with too much traffic. A slow build to an increased figure, then a sudden drop. Over and over and over it happens, and I just find it way too much coincidence.
I think the world is full of dirty dealings; and Google takes best care of its own. I believe a quota system and many other manipulations occur over at Google. I am happy to see their market share diminishing. They do a lot of things right, but they are not altruistic. It is a business run for profit, and they will manipulate as they deem necessary to make themselves more profitable.
Just look at the BS about copied content, and that Quora, which is loaded with our copied content, is on the rise. What is this about Google "keeping people on their properties, while offering up information that comes from other sites (Foodnetwork for example)."
You've said it all, Writer Fox "There is a limit for domain clustering on page one, but even that has increased lately to allow more webpage results from the same site". Google is playing it safe by putting on page one articles from major media, professional and specialized websites. Faced with this change, I can see why hubbers who cannot increase their Google traffic, regardless of how much effort they make, would say there is a quota.
This site gets traffic from many sources, not just Google. But, since I'm viewing all of the analytic statics for the site, I can tell you that it has never taken a hit from a Google algorithm change and Google loves that site. The site gets 453,100,000 unique visitors a month. Double that would mean about one billion uniques a month. The world only has three billion Internet users! What are you thinking?
I'm thinking that while internet traffic has increased by a factor of more than 10 in 7 years (doubling every year) their traffic hasn't even doubled once. That's not particularly impressive, and neither is a stagnant rate of growth in the last 3 years. HP does that well - this actually sounds like something wikipedia might see. A large number of visitors, but virtually no growth at all.
Sorry Writerfox, the Google Quota Theory is a religion and its adherents do not care that Google Quota Theory is implausible and without proof. High priest Janderson99 is amassing his followers for a crusade. Bow before him and the arbitrary red line drawn on the Alexa traffic graph!
Hey! There is nothing fishy about Google Quotas - the proof is in the pudding - the sea is rising and so are temperatures and you can't get over that. The tragedy of the commons rules the internet, like it does for fisheries, which recognised the need for quotas eons ago. There is a real prospect that the Internet will become conscious as GAIA to save Planet Water (Earth is a silly name). Quotas are obvious and real - the stability in traffic heralds control! Google twiddles the knobs.
Well, sports fans... Yesterday (May 23, 2015) is my new, first place, lowest traffic day of the year. The infamous HP-traffic-falls-off-cliff-day weekend is now second place. Unless I find myself something else to be preoccupied with, I'm going to hate this summer.
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You would have to go and make your own social shares because there are no social buttons on their site because it is designed to be iframed into your own website.
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