In my recent birthday bash postTwo Cakes and One Schzophrenic I remarked that I wanted my readers subscribers count to rise and my search traffic hits to come down. My wish for both has been rewarded, happily subcribers are slightly up although I’m now rather frustrated about stating the latter.
The above snapshot shows this sites Google Analytics for the first 13 days (unlucky for some) of this month and Beyond The Mango Juice was heading towards the 2700 – 3000 hit mark for August. Then the good ship Mango hit the rocks and started to take on water. Regular readers will know that a Denial of Service attack (DDoS) struck my domain server on August 14th and the site was temporarily moved to a safe IP address. Since the clearance of the attack the good ship has been taking on more water and has now started to list. If things continue Captain Hoo Don will be forced to announce ‘Launch the lifeboats and abandon ship.’ Take a look at my analytics for the previous 10 days of this month (August 19-28th).
The contrast is remarkable even if the two graphics do look similar at first glance. The top analytics screen shows an average of 93 hits per day from 1,213 visits with 58.78% of those arriving from search engines. Thai Ladyboys – Pattaya was my most read post with 301 views over the 13 day period. These last 10 days show the same post top scoring with 74 views out of 524 visits at an average of 52 per day. Search engine traffic accounted for a measly 25.71% over the period and that’s the hole that is taking in water. No matter how hard I bale I just can’t stop it.
After the cessation of the DDoS attack my domain control panel and WordPress dashboard were to put it bluntly shot to pieces. My ship’s hull had a gaping hole and the hands on board were too inexperienced to deal with it. My control panel is now back to how it was before but the WordPress dashboard is now very dependant on whatever mood it takes. Plugins sometimes load and incoming links come and go like the changing of the British summertime weather. I can live with that but it’s the search engine stats that are really starting to frustrate me, mark mark.
Search engines such as Yahoo and Bing are still sending visitors at a similar rate as before but Google has recalled its rescue team and stopped its search. Previous to the DDoS strike many of my posts were easily found in Google keyword searches but now you won’t find any. I know Google does update its search pages from time to time but the only direct link for Beyond The Mango Juice shows for the homepage only. The only listing of my posts on Google are from Thailand Voice, Blogcatalog and the like. My well viewed posts about ladyboys, bar girls, Pattaya, the Thai lottery and ghosts (pun attack) have all disappeared into thin air. Trying to solve the problem has proved futile to say the least.
I have spent hours reading forums, specialised posts and trying to gather any semblance of sense from Google Help finds oneself facing a minefield that is guarded by a high barbed wire fence. Catching a falling cobra from a tree would seem a dubious but easier task. For the first time ever the thought of writing a post really doesn’t interest me.
Finally I would like to finish on a rather ironic note. The snap on the right shows my latest Alexa ranking and is conclusive proof that the extensive ranking toolbar site is not all it’s made out to be.
Beyond The Mango Juice is currently suffering from its worst hit count in the last six months and yet Alexa shows my last seven days ranking to be 449,555. That’s by far the highest this site has ever climbed to. Who needs Google, well I’ve got to admit it, I do.