should be able to expect that hard work on creating a top ten website will result in traffic from search engines.
Expect. That's the problem and an underlying reason for my post. If you expect to continue to receive traffic without paying for it you are eventually doomed to fail, do you really think you will continue to get organic traffic forever? I got it for 10 years before Panda.
What happens when the next change comes? What happens when Google unleashes Elephant or whatever it will be called? What will the Elephant do to your traffic? No one knows, but I bet a bunch of people will get nailed by it.
[edited by: travelin_cat at 9:55 pm (utc) on Oct 24, 2011]