lfgoal - 8:44 pm on Jul 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
I used to bust my butt to keep one single word where I was top 10 in all major SEs for years and it only contributed 3K visitors/mo vs 400K/mo in long tail searches.
Gave up that keyword and never looked back after easily dominating the long tails in my niche that surprisingly drove way more traffic.
I love this. I dominate on my primary keyphrase, and most of my competition spends all their waking moments chasing it. But I only get 4 percent of my traffic from that trophy phrase. Everything else is long tail. As long as I'm willing to crank out the content, they're destiny is toast.