The Google Tease

Jan 16, 2012 • 8:46 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google TeaseMost SEOs and webmasters have experienced this on one of the sites they've worked on. Many call it the Google traffic tease, where you are doing okay and then Google sends you a ton of traffic for 3 or so days, then you go back to your normal traffic levels.

A WebmasterWorld thread has many webmasters talking about their Google tease experiences. One even posted a chart of the traffic increases and decreases over time, showing an almost double increase in Google traffic that went away soon after.

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Tedster, Webmaster administrator, said:

A big but short-lived boost in traffic (real organic traffic) is also something that I see happen from time to time. Yes, it can feel like a tease. I don't know for sure, but it sometimes looks like Google is giving the site a test to see if their users respond well to it.

Have you experienced this recently?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Roie S

01/16/2012 03:07 pm

Yeah, just recently got a 400% increase in traffic for exactly 3 days. Was fun while it lasted :)

Oxford Moron

01/16/2012 06:08 pm

Yes, about 4 out of 300 sites get the tease every few days and it last for a few days, then 3 or 4 more start their cycle. I thought the search engine spiders were causing this.

Jeff Downer Indianapolis IN

01/17/2012 12:06 am

Now that you mention it...  lol.  I never have figured out a pattern to it but I really notice it on the local search results.


01/17/2012 05:24 am

Yes its true, i also found that there was a traffic increase from 14, 15, 16 Jan 2012.  


01/17/2012 01:07 pm

Hi, I published a new content on my website and next day I saw a sudden fall of traffic from 52 to 21. I was surprised to see it. What is actually going on?

David Smet

06/21/2012 10:58 am

Are you sure it's a tease? Maybe your website/webpage got a nice link on the Social Media profile of a key influencer? That could explain the temporary character of the rise in traffic.

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