Google Webmaster Tools Notifying Of Traffic Drops

Mar 8, 2012 • 8:19 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Traffic DropsIt seems like we may have yet another new automated Google Webmaster Tools message for large traffic changes to specific URLs.

A Google Webmaster Help thread has one webmaster claiming he received a notification via Google Webmaster Tools that read, "Big traffic change for top URL."

The complete message read: Big traffic change for top URL March 7, 2012

Search results clicks for have decreased significantly.

I have yet to see anyone else report such a message out there but since Google does show search query reports, a notification like this does make sense.

Have you seen this?

Google recently added a message for low quality pages in Google Webmaster Tools.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help & WebmasterWorld.

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03/08/2012 02:39 pm

Dont think this is a feature of webmaster tools, but what a great addition to analytics it would be.


03/08/2012 02:59 pm

I got one also - no idea if it is a glitch or not, since I can find any change I would consider note worthy in analytic's.


03/08/2012 04:06 pm

I got one too, with a link to Adwords. Giant companies that advertise took my rank even if their pages on that subject are inferior. What is going on? I know when my traffic drops.


03/09/2012 11:55 am

Sounds like a means of advertising Adwords to webmasters.

'Chirag Patel'

03/09/2012 02:20 pm

I got the same message for but didn't get any meaning full answer for this message from webmaster help center :(


03/09/2012 06:44 pm

I got this for a client site... There had been a recent server change that was inadvertently completely blocking Googlebot and as a result almost all Google organic traffic dropped. It was noticed in Analytics anyway, but it's good that it showed up in Webmaster tools too :)

03/10/2012 10:15 am

I have got 2 of them for the same page in my site. This started since this month, and i also noticed some traffic changes since the beginning of this month. Dont have any idea why it is happening.


03/11/2012 11:55 am

Wordpress + TimThumb = hacked = Big traffic change for top URL check are you hacked!


03/21/2012 03:20 am

i recieved this msg 2 days ago dont know what happened wronge and today my search traffic decreased from 11k to just 2k visitors


03/27/2012 01:11 am

I saw the first one dated Saturday, but thought nothing of it until it was followed by an actual ranking drop today. Unfortunately, the main thing that was changed was their removal of some TLA ads last week after they got a Webmaster warning of unnatural links. Even though I wasn't the one that placed those links it was still hard to make the case for "doing the right thing" and recommending that the client kill off their TLA links. I was afraid this would happen.


04/19/2012 05:07 am

I have just this msg too and not sure how to tackle this? will it drop the rankings and traffic?

Sakira Jaman

04/24/2012 05:44 pm

webmaster give me a massage for this site now what to do??? help me

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