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When you see a declining trend

When you see a declining trend....

When you see a declining trend, the first thing to establish is whether it is a market behavior or a company specific behavior. The picture below showed a declining trend in the number of impressions of a website. The first reaction we have is drop in traffic for the website and panic.

What I would do is to download the data for the website from Google Search Engine Console and identify whether there is a drop in the position. If the position is maintaining or better than before, then the impression drop is market changes. If the position has dropped, then the drop in impression is caused by the webpages which we have much better control. This is how we could react to the drop in impression. Without data, this is not possible to establish.

Which layout is better for comparison?

There are 2 ways to layout your indicators for comparison between 2 periods. One is to put one top of the other and the other is to put them side by. 

Compare 2 sets of indicators

Compare top and bottom

Compare side by side

Compare side by side

Which one would you choose?


I would choose the first one (compare top and bottom) because I can see the same indicators in the same column. The data source to create this report is also scalable and we can compare more than 2 periods as time goes by. 

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