Google Bug Fix Returns Traffic To SlashFilm & Other Movie Blogs

Feb 26, 2014 • 8:19 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

SlashFilms LogoMonday we reported how SlashFilm.com & movie blogs saw a huge decline in traffic around February 14th and how Google's Matt Cutts said he will look into it.

Well he did and their traffic is back, for the most part. Peter Sciretta the owner of Slashfilm.com told me on Twitter that as of yesterday, almost all his traffic from Google has returned. Peter added that he was told it was an "error on google's side" and Google fixed the issue and now Slashfilm.com and other movie blog's Google traffic is back.

SEMRush.com graphs confirm the traffic has returned:

semrush slashfilm

Here are the relevant tweets from Slashfilm:

Glenn Gabe also shared how another movie blog saw a fix in their traffic. ScreenRant.com according to SEM Rush has the same pattern:

screenrant-semrush

Glenn Gabe thinks it has to do with a Panda monthly refresh but I am not too sure to be honest. Yes, there was some sort of update but that was closer to the 12th and not the 14th. This seems more of a weird Google bug than a Panda related issue but what do I know.

All Matt Cutts told me was "this was a transient issue that affected a small number of sites, and the issue is now fixed."

If I was Slashflim.com or another movie blog impacted by two weeks of lost traffic, I'd be pretty upset about this bug. What recourse does one have? Not much. Just make sure you have a loyal readership and try not to depend on Google so much. Easier said than done, I know.

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Comments:

Josh Zehtabchi

02/26/2014 01:53 pm

They must not be spending enough on PPC :P

Michael Martinez

02/26/2014 03:05 pm

Well, let's call this one the "Movie Blog Bug" and move on.

CaptainKevin

02/26/2014 03:35 pm

By the appearance of the graph, it still looks like their websites lost 10% of their traffic even after the bug was fixed.

Durant Imboden

02/26/2014 04:30 pm

And this affected only movie sites? That's just weird.

barbua

02/26/2014 07:14 pm

how many more bugs in google penalization algorithms? I think billions.

David Eaves

02/27/2014 04:31 pm

I love /film those guys are awesome and very generous when it comes to linking other sites

dadabing

03/10/2014 01:12 pm

Lol... Sadly I found this post only today.. As my website had exatly same traffic drop.. and on 21st of feb all went back to normal... and 24th it started to grow even further...

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