About eight different movie blog sites, including Slashfilm.com, have apparently lost traffic in Google — and the issue is big enough that Google is looking into it.
The owner and editor of /Film called out to Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, about this issue on Saturday:
@mattcutts any ideas why so many movie blogs are losing more than half their google traffic this past month? Very troubling.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) February 21, 2014
@slashfilm I hope to dig into this soon. Sorry it’s been a few days.
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) February 22, 2014
When I looked at slashfilm.com’s search visibility reports on SearchMetrics, it definitely shows a steep decline in traffic:
When we asked Google about this, they had no comment for us. If we hear more, we’ll update this post.