I converted this forum from vB4 recently, and Google has been very tough on us, we used to get 1,800 to 2,200 visits per day 60% were new visits from Searches at Google, today we are struggling to get 200+ visits per day, and only about 20% of that is from Searches at Google.
One of my motivations for switching was a hit in traffic that my site took in November. I had been using ebay RSS feeds to fill a marketplace forum with links to Civil War auctions, and I was making lots of great money from affiliate links to ebay that way. One day just before Thanksgiving, Google dumped a huge amount of my traffic, the majority of that traffic had been visiting those Ebay threads. My Adsense and my affiliate traffic and $$$ tanked.
I sort of panicked, and tried to figure out what to do. I always wanted to upgrade to Xenforo, but was worried that I'd take a hit in the wallet, but since I was already low on the income, I decided that now was the best time to make major changes and upgrade to XF.
So, I've been working under the assumption that this would be a long road, to get back to where we were before. I tried to restart some of the ebay feeds, but that didn't go the way I had hoped, seems like Google really doesn't like me doing that, so that's turned off for good. Between the eBay feed issue and the conversion, we have a lot to overcome.
On the positive side, the members have been posting more than they ever did in vB, and I'd also like to point out that although visits are way down, new user registrations are up! Overall, I'm 110% satisfied with XF, I just need that kick in the pants to get things rolling again...
I'd appreciate any suggestions or comments on how to improve the style, or the layout, or if you think I should add something that's missing from the site. Yes, my style is pretty basic, but I don't usually like to stray very far from the default.
Also, if I'm missing an SEO feature, or doing something you think Google doesn't like, please let me know so I can fix it. (I know it can take time for Google to reindex and re-evaluate a site, but I always worry I went and did something wrong!)
If you don't like something, please let me know!