Broadway - 11:52 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
I saw BB perform "The thrill is gone," although 25 years ago. Anybody hit by Panda probably feels this way right now.
When I look at the first page of the SERP's in my niche now, all I see is the giant players, which happen to be big corporate .com's and big authority .org's. In hindsight, I'm surprised that I lasted as long as I did.
But in the same vein as Planet13's comments, while I can't compete with authority and cash, I can by being clever and innovative. To them it's a job, to me, it's what I do.
I guess I'm placing a lot of future faith on search engine metrics, such as Likes and Plus 1's. That would return the vote back to the people, as opposed to SEO's and the link buyers, more like it was 10 years ago when people actually linked because they thought a website was good.
I think for me it's going to involve less about providing information, as opposed to information interspersed with opinion or inside knowledge type info. The type of stuff an authority in a field actually knows. But at the same time, the story slant that the big, vanilla .com's and .org's don't do. I think the social side of the web would reward that type of content.