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  • I updated to 3.5.1 on January 25 and almost immediately daily traffic to my site ( dropped by about a third and over the week it’s dropped to half of what we were getting before. As I’ve gone through the Google Analytics about it I saw that starting from when I updated to 3.5.1 on January 25 my traffic from,, and has been nearly nonexistent.

    Has anyone else noticed a problem like this? I can’t figure out what would be wrong, but we’re mostly a photo site, so perhaps there’s something that changed with the image metadata on the update? Any ideas on where to look for a problem would be appreciated.

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  • Are you getting any errors on the Webmaster Tools of Google . Specifying those errors can be helpful.

    I just set the blog up with the Google webmaster tools when I saw your post. So it’s been up for only 2 hours, but it’s not coming up with any errors.

    Perhaps Google may have done an update and this may have nothing to do with WordPress update.
    I have seen that Google keeps updating its algorithms very frequently.

    We’re having the same problem as you. Dramatic (70%) dropoff in Google-generated traffic referrals. I noticed in our search terms list that common terms that bring readers to some of our images are gone, so I suspect that you are right that this issue is, at least in-part, image-related. I just can’t tell if that is on our side or Google’s, but now that I know there are some others having this issue I’m thinking it might not be only a change in Google algorithm, but something that changed in WP2.5.1. Could it be something that changed our tags on images? I’ll let you know if I find anything. (

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