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I noticed a strange drop in traffic across many forums.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jonsidneyb, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I have not been out here for awhile but something strange is going on.

    I noticed my forum was getting slower but it is not just my forum.

    On similarweb I took a look at my forum and found that on September 13th I was getting 110k views I climbed slowly to 260k views on Jan 19th then things took a nose dive and by Feb 16th I was back to 120k views. All of my data is from Sep1 to Feb16

    I sent a message to one of my admins and he shot back data on some other forums. He showed me 7 other forums that went into rapid decline starting either Jan 19th or Jan 26th. The forum I looked at have ranged from losing 1/3 to 2/3 of their traffic. Out of the 7, 2 of them are starting to show mild recoveries starting on Feb 2nd while others have continued to drop.

    I started checking random forums and I am finding this trend all over the place.

    I looked at Xenforo and between Jan 19th and Feb 2nd it dropped from 190K to 100K then bottomed out and is having a modest recovery.
  2. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know what is going on? This is really strange. Sadly for me mine forgot to bottom out yet.
  3. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Surely it just indicates that fewer similarweb data gathering users or bots visited (since that's where they get their data from)?

    It's a bit like taking Alexa data as gospel - don't!! (y)

    However, that's not to say you haven't had a slow down - what does your Google or other analytics data tell you (based on actual activity at your site/server)?
  4. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I am also seeming the log in count change at about the same ratio. I normally have 400 people logged in about now. I am at 250, during the day here almost never dropped below 500 and was closer to 700. It has been in the 400's during the day time.
  5. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

  6. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

  7. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    One of my members commented that another site they go to has had a drop in participation. They took a hard dive on January 19th as well.

  8. SchmitzIT

    SchmitzIT Well-Known Member

  9. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    The site you're using isn't correct. Compare it to your own analytics from google.

    That site shows our traffic in February as a quarter of what it was in January. We do see a drop between Jan->Feb but it's MUCH less severe and I imagine it's pretty unique to our forums as we run a football site and January is our peak season (for transfer related news).
  10. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Just out of interest Jon - what do your XF stats show from your ACP for a similar time period - posts, threads, active users?
  11. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    We show a pretty harsh decline still.

  12. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    That's not the same period...?
  13. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    Not sure what it's like elsewhere but around here colleges are often off for most of January and classes resume near the end of the month- if your audience is college aged they could be transitioning back to classes.
  14. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    getting the same period now.
  15. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    The same period is captured here plus some extra days. Similarweb it looks like to me shows how many people visit and the internal stats are showing logins.

    I think that it makes since for logins to lag visits.


  16. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    You might be right. We have all ages, many 50-60 year olds but a lot of 20 somethings as well.
  17. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I don't think it is college students after looking again. I need learn to interpret data. This goes back to when I moved to XenForo. I remember that day the forum was down. I don't see the this the same thing for January of 2013 and the February decline that is continuing into march.

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  18. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Not sure what is causing it but my nose dive is continuing. We have changed nothing but are dropping fast.
  19. wickedstangs

    wickedstangs Well-Known Member

    pretty cool... mine is steady even with the server crash..:)
  20. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    How the heck did you manage that?
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2014

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