The new Google design launched May 5th and even if you hate it or not, it is here to stay. But some webmasters are claiming that although the ranking of their web pages are the same in Google, the traffic Google is sending is much less. Meaning, the redesign has impacted the likelihood of a searcher clicking from the new Google search results, over to your web page.
A WebmasterWorld thread has Brett Tabke, the owner of that forum saying:
The last week was the biggest single change in our referral profile graph since florida 2004. Anyone else seeing major changes in referral numbers since the new serp layout last week?
(this is not about the algo update, but specifically with the new serp layout)
Not everyone in the thread thinks it has to do with the redesign. I personally checked a handful of sites and some of those sites are up in Google organic referrals since the design change and some are done. So it is hard to say.
Let's try to get a few hundred responses to this poll. Go ahead, take a look at your stats, compare May 6th through yesterday with the previous week and see if your organic Google referrals are up or down on average. Then take the poll below:
Now, go ahead and have your friends take the poll. I'll report back in a week with the results.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.