So, I’m assuming that your website is suffering from the same syndrome that mine is, and you don’t really know WTF is causing what I’d like to refer to as: The Post Google Bot Crawl Traffic Drop Syndrome. For those unaware of this, let me engage you for a brief moment.

Google’s Bot periodically crawls and indexes websites/webpages based on certain levels of priority, which not only helps webmasters get their content out there for the world to consume, but also keeps the Google page index up-to-date. A drawback of this, at least from personal observation, is that every time Google indexes the pages of my website, I see a significant traffic drop following the crawl, for the next 2-3 days. I’ve tried almost everything, and nothing seems to be helping. My website has a GTmetrix score of 95%, with average page-load time of about 3 seconds – which stems from the Javascripts that I have on my homepage and blog-post pages. I’ve also implemented almost all the major performance enhancing plugins available for WordPress with no avail. I simply don’t know WTF is going on!??

Some possible reasons that I’ve come up with so far, well mainly 1 reason, is that I don’t update the content on my website with Daily Frequency, or the frequency of a content driven website like TechCrunch or Deadspin or Gawker, etc… That is probably the only legitimate reason I’ve been able to come up with. Other than that, I just don’t know WTF else am I supposed to do?

If you have the answers that I’m looking for, and know WTF is causing the traffic drop, I would appreciate if you can share your ideas in the comments section.

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Post Google Bot Crawl Traffic Drop Syndrome!