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I noticed a strange drop in traffic across many forums.

jonsidneyb

Well-known member
#1
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.
 

CTXMedia

Formerly CyclingTribe
#3
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)?
 

jonsidneyb

Well-known member
#4
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)?
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.
 

jonsidneyb

Well-known member
#7
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.

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RobParker

Well-known member
#9
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).
 

CTXMedia

Formerly CyclingTribe
#10
Just out of interest Jon - what do your XF stats show from your ACP for a similar time period - posts, threads, active users?
 

BirdOPrey5

Well-known member
#13
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.
 

jonsidneyb

Well-known member
#15
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.

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jonsidneyb

Well-known member
#16
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.
You might be right. We have all ages, many 50-60 year olds but a lot of 20 somethings as well.
 

jonsidneyb

Well-known member
#17
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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