Please note that I do not intend to create over-optimism, it is just an observation and it is still very early days. I did seem to get a little criticism for suggesting that I was seeing a small recovery, but please believe that this recovery does (whilst very small) at least appear to be happening and I back that up with screenshots, graphs, whatever.
Yesterday I reported some decent Google.com traffic growth over a few days, yesterday it was static (but sustained). Today I had a quick look at my Amazon stats for the month:
2011/03/01 239 15 6.28%
2011/03/02 212 1 0.47%
2011/03/03 198 5 2.53%
2011/03/04 198 2 1.01%
2011/03/05 230 6 2.61%
2011/03/06 234 0 0.00%
2011/03/07 257 5 1.95%
2011/03/08 207 6 2.90%
2011/03/09 224 5 2.23%
2011/03/10 185 4 2.16%
2011/03/11 186 2 1.08%
2011/03/12 214 5 2.34%
2011/03/13 255 10 3.92%
2011/03/14 258 10 3.88%
2011/03/15 248 6 2.42%
2011/03/16 235 9 3.83%
Now, I'm not kidding myself, I WAS shifting 20 items a day and had a CTR of around 5%-6% typically (against more clicks too), and typically a couple of those were high value items. These are all low value items. But, an increase in Amazon clicks and a better CTR seems to support my theory that my US unique traffic is slowly coming back for me. I have no idea what happened on 1st March, that was a good day all round.
It should perhaps be noted that some Americans get paid on 15th March, so I am awaiting (but not holding my breath) stats for the whole month to paint a bigger picture.
The pleasing this is that the stats seem to show a slight (yes, SLIGHT), recovery in some of my important sales pages. Again, I will keep you updated as I proceed with my strategy for change.
Just a quick note, as I'm sure someone will jump in and comment:
You are allowed to disclose your Amazon CTR but you are not allowed to disclose your Adsense CTR (it's against their ToS.)
I hope you're right Ryan. My Amazon this month is down about 80%.
Well I am right, in that I am seeing a small recovery.
But I too hope that it is a sustained and very real one, I am making a lot of changes to the way that I do things as a hubber individually.
It will take another two weeks of stats for me to connect the two though. I would take my performance over the last 4 days for the rest of this month, and then see where I can build from there.
IF this is the shoots of a recovery, it is still a long haul back. Interestingly, the sales pages that I am seeing recover have NEVER been backlinked by me, the only changes are on-page.
But we will see where I stand in the long run. A lot of 'Ifs' and 'Buts' and but if I can learn anything I would be happy to share.
And lol at answering the inevitable before it happens
I hope you are right. I usually see surges in Amazon during the few days around the first and 15th of the month. I think it is because of paydays. In between, I see minor drops.
I did note the pay day (US military I believe get paid 15th), but I am also seeing a correlation between US traffic and Amazon sales/clicks.
And to be honest, that is the most important traffic to me, the American sales page traffic. Like I said, it depend what happens for the remainder of this month, very early days.
But, I am feeling optimistic for the first time post-algo, and that is a good thing in itself.
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