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Drop in Search Traffic

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by zooki, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. zooki

    zooki Active Member

    I have had my forum for many years, started with Vbulletin, and steadily grew the site till it reached 12,000 uniques daily mostly through Google.

    I upgraded xenforo one year ago and the site is waning and has gone down to 4-5,000 uniques. I have no idea why this is the case. A lot of activity and posting has gone down since the last few years with users being on Facebook more.

    I am wondering what could be causing the loss in traffic? And how to fix it?

    I am using xenforo 1.2.4
  2. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    What exactly is going down - traffic from search engines (learn about Google Panda) and therefore injection of a new members or "only" activity of users (where Xenforo shines compared to vb)
  3. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120

    Were you using the thread tagging system on your vB 3.8? If you were, granted you have lost a lot of traffic. XF by default doesn't come with a thread tagging system, this means that all of your tags.php?tag=content links indexed and well ranked in Google have been lost.
  4. zooki

    zooki Active Member

    What do you mean about injection? I didn't quite follow..

    I wasn't using thread tagging so much on VB.
  5. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Usually, if traffic from search engines degrades, you also get less new members each month which directly leads to less activity as you always loose some of the old members.
  6. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    Check the timing - Panda gave a lot of sites a massive hit (mine included), so it's likely just that. That being said, moving from vB to XF does seem to cause a drop in some cases (no idea why / what the cause is). It happened to a forum we owned, and I've seen a few cases of it from members over at TAZ. It's likely a combination of different page structure and URI structure. If you've come from something like a heavily modified vB3.x instance with vBSEO (or similar) to a relatively fresh copy of XenForo, expect a drop. I dare say you'd have the same effect if you moved from vB > IPB or IPB > XF or vice versa.
  7. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Google constantly change their minds and tweak their algorithms... just get used to it. This year you lose, next you might win, the following you lose, the next you might go great guns... don't rely on Google to send you traffic, advertise and be proactive to meet user demands.
  8. JamesBrown

    JamesBrown Well-Known Member

    I've found that google returning us lower and lower for terms we have always rated high. Is Google dissing forums? I don't know; but I've noticed my forums that have a wordpress front-end are doing better than ever with many wp articles returned top or higher than similar forum posts ever were. So I am going to be doing more with WP.
  9. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    melbo, Chimpie and JamesBrown like this.
  10. melbo

    melbo Well-Known Member

    Oh MY... been driving me mad the past 1.5 years trying to figure out what I broke that November. Was the same time I switched to responsive too which made me think it had something to do with it.
  11. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    One thing Googles history has... is an ever changing model that doing nothing (if your site isn't in the wrong) will normally see you come out the other side of decisions at some point. Whether it be a year, two or more, Google constantly change and things go in and out of focus with them. Blogs have been smashed before... and they got smashed hard. Those who kept on doing what they do, came out the other side and they do better again now. Forums will be no different. Google push out spammers and those running websites for the wrong reasons, being financial only... by doing exactly what they're doing. They achieved this when they smashed blogs some years back... heaps closed that were ok, but really only made for adsense, news feeds regeneration and such.

    Google is quite cyclic from experience.
  12. Chimpie

    Chimpie Well-Known Member

    I'm looking at our monthly Sessions from June 2012 till now. Our numbers have never dropped.

    Is there a way to see the number of Sessions that have come from only a Google search?
  13. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I don't have any drop either... only slight increases each year.

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