Guido - 11:56 am on Nov 1, 2008 (gmt 0)
mine is a small, family managed website and our goal is to provide the best content and the most pleasant navigation to our users.
Sadly, we are in a niche where it's extremely hard to get organic backlinks because visitors come, print what they need and go.
My main competitors spend millions for advertising, while our budget is zero. Given this, we have managed to be in the top 3 results for some good keywords, top 10 for many other and we were having 2000 uv, with hard job on site optimization, content and some links from free directories, blogs, signaturesand social networks. IMHO plain white hat, diluted in years of work, failures, and success. Thanks God we are not aiming at gaining any money with it, but it was at least paying itself.
It's so frustrating to see that, all of sudden, what you did till now has become rubbish, especially after more than one year in the top five.
Honestly, I'm sick tired of it and I'm not available to play google's games anymore. I will find another hobby.