What happened on Jun 14th?
For quite a while this blog has been getting around 250 readers a day. That suddenly changed on Jun 14th:
My first thought is that my search rankings have changed, and I read something not so long ago that Google was going to (once again) change how blogs appear in search rankings. I don’t do any special SEO stuff – frankly I’m not that bothered, but I guess I’ve benefited in the past from whatever WordPress.com does out of the box.
Let’s take a quick look at the day before:
As usual my post on the Kindle 3G, and whether Amazon would continue to offer ‘free’ internet by 3G sits in the top spot. The search engine terms bear this out:
No surprise there, if I Google ‘kindle 3g’ then my post comes just after the Shopping results – the #3 entry. But Google shows me what I want to see, it knows who I am. If I bring up Google in a virgin browser then that post isn’t in the first 10 pages – that’s what my previous visitors (now don’t) see.
The new world looks like this:
Looking at the search terms it’s easy to see what happened:
So… this blog fell off Google on Jun 14, or at least the most popular post did. I can see what happened, and there where warnings out there, but I’m unclear what really changed behind the scenes (and why). Please comment any ideas you might have.
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