I’ve noticed a weird phenomenon on my stats tracking: a precipitous decline in the number of hits via Google. Really no big deal–they were always a small part of my traffic and likely didn’t generate much in the way of repeat business–but it strikes me as curious.
Stats from HostingMatters:
April 2003 (9th-EOM)
May 2003 (full)
June 2003 (1st-12th)
Ask Jeeves: 11
Google is easily the most popular search tool, as illustrated by the April stats. But, since April, I’m getting the same traffic from Google as I’m getting from places like Dogpile and Ask Jeeves, whereas my MSN and Yahoo stats are staying relatively level. And there doesn’t seem to be any real difference in the search strings that would account for this variation. Indeed, the weird “Destiny Stahl nude” stuff was mainly in May.
Any clues as to what would cause this?