Google + Referrals Drop 40% Or More?

Aug 1, 2011 • 8:53 am | comments (16) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google Plus LogoGoogle + launched just about a month ago and early on, it was all the internet was talking about. To be perfectly honest, I still love it but it is not loving me as much.

Google Plus is my number three referrer, beating out Facebook. But over the weeks, Google Plus has been sending me less and less traffic. In fact, comparing last week to the week prior, Google + sent me 40% less traffic.

Google + Referrals

But on average, Google + is still sending me about twice as much traffic than Facebook. Keep in mind, this is a site that talks mostly about Google.

That being said, I am not the only one reporting this. A WebmasterWorld thread notes that Hitwise reported Google + traffic in general dropped 3%.

But people in the thread said their traffic from Google + to their web site dropped even as high as 50%. Have you noticed huge drops in referrals from Google + like I did and others?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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George "Loki" Williams

08/01/2011 01:57 pm

Down by roughly 30%.

Jonathon Hewitt

08/01/2011 02:34 pm

They are probably trying to keep people on their site more versus referring them away. Just a hunch.

Nick Stamoulis

08/01/2011 02:50 pm

I think some of the hype around Google+ has died down a little bit. The early adopters (mostly marketers and computer people) got their invites and built their profiles and spent the last few weeks exploring. Now it's a question if Google+ will have the same kind of growth with the general public.

Black Seo Guy

08/01/2011 03:12 pm

It will go up and down until this thing smooths out. I think Google plus will be big and all the smart people will be taken advantage of it. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"

resume help

08/01/2011 06:23 pm

ohh.... google will surprise us))) i am waiting))))

Home Remedies MD

08/02/2011 12:29 am

I would not worry about this, it is way too early to see if this will have a huge impact on the network

Benjamen Meiers

08/02/2011 07:21 am

Never thought that interest in your articles could have waned? You probably posted a lot of Google + stuff that people wanted to read, and now everyone is probably getting bored of reading about articles on Google +... 


08/02/2011 03:03 pm

Never heard anyone getting any traffic from Google + are in the industry of publishing articles so maybe thats why you are getting referral traffic. In my opinion Google plus is useless and it will be thatway as time  goes by and people forget all about it. Google + will be added to Google failing portfolio of innovations ( wave, buzz, orkut etc..)

public address

08/02/2011 09:24 pm

lack of availability for businesses, under 18's, and google apps for domain people is seriously hampering it's ability.  They are very close to making the same mistake as they did with wave.  Wave only made sense if everyone else was using it. Moral of the story: never let engineers do Product Management :)

Resell SEO

08/03/2011 01:04 am

It really makes me wonder if Google Plus will survive. I mean, sure, there are a lot of people who signed up in the past few weeks, but people outside the tech world just wouldn't bother signing up with another social network all over again.


08/03/2011 09:11 am

Nothing surprising in it, I think. In the beginning all users wanted to see this new social network, wanted to "play" with it, now curiosity satisfied. I think, no one hoped that the growth rate of new users remain the same. It's impossible


08/09/2011 01:20 am

Is Google + going to catch on? I think it is still too early to tell. The next couple of months will be very telling about which direction G+ will go. However will still be able to help manage your online presence with or with out Google+

Alexander Rook

08/17/2011 12:52 am

I am just wonder if Google +1 is the caused of my blog traffic drop as much as 90%?


08/23/2011 07:54 am

google plus sucks


10/30/2011 10:45 am


Alex Storm

12/07/2012 01:19 pm

Google + is forcing people with android phones to register to be granted access to the marketplace all google + is reporting is a uptick in forced users waiting till their phone contract is up to get away from google and their abuse of their consumers..... And every service provider is letting it happen without any repercussions

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