comicsrus - 5:59 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0) I'm hoping things come back during the upcoming holiday/Christmas season, but I'm losing faith in that.
devitnow has described my situation about 90%.
I still have Top placement for my main two Keywords (out of 100/85 million respectively), but 70% of my hits come from a few hundred pages that are in sub-directories.
I have unique content, no popups, no popunders, and try to list only relevent ads from Amazon and a few other affiliate programs on the individual pages.
I've been working on my family-friendly, unique contenet site since 1999.
I had a very consistant growth of 15-20% since day two.
The May 21 update killed me. I came back October 15, and died again yesterday (Nov 7).
The work and research I've put into the site have made me a mini-enterprise.
I guess in the big picture, I'm still a fairly large "small" site (currently 7,000 daily visitors), but following the rules since day one, without spamming, offering easy and free content, it became a full time job.
Losing 12,000 visitors a day (thanks to Bourbon then Jagger) has brought me back to newpaper route type income.
I guess I could just sign up for some popups and unders to replace the $$$, but it kinda sucks for the average internet user when that happens to more and more sites, or is that just me?
I can bag the whole-family (and school friendly) thing, and go for some gambling, girlie and dating ads.
I have hundreds of schools linked my way, but what the heck? A buck'$ a buck, right?
We'll just have to wait and see.
I'm hoping things come back during the upcoming holiday/Christmas season, but I'm losing faith in that.