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Why did HN lose popularity in early-mid 2013? (alexa.com)
1 point by ekianjo on Apr 15, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments



There is no corresponding dip in our own traffic graphs. It is probably an Alexa measurement artifact. We started using a CDN and switched to https by default for logged-in users sometime in 2013, which could affect measurements.


Got it - thanks for the confirmation. I was not sure how to interpret this.


For the record, there's no corresponding dip in the number of Comments and Stories submitted to HN.

http://i.imgur.com/r9Ayvb1.png http://i.imgur.com/4FwglA8.png


As shown in the link, the traffic to HN dropped considerably in early-mid 2013 until it regained traction later in that year. Does anyone here have any explanation for that sudden drop in 2013?




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