Sgt_Kickaxe - 3:05 am on May 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
We have never reached out to anyone for links, don't give a damn about social media
Good for you because, in reality, that's what leads to the best content being created. Unfortunately it may not receive as much exposure but as a writer you are aiming for quality content so it's Google's job to ensure they find and index that quality accordingly. As a writer about my passion I share those two sentiments!
Should you find regular jobs? You should always be ready to do so but if your needs are being met and your savings will float you for six months or more AND they are growing then you probably don't need to look just yet.
Fact: google is known to monitor and record EVERYTHING and so, as a business model, expecting Google to continue sending you converting traffic is foolish. I think we've seen a change in traffic quality recently where transactional visitors/searches have been horded to a smaller set of publishers (early 2010). That will likely continue to happen and Google's own revenue reports suggest it is profitable for them to do. Adjust accordingly and focus more heavily on informational content. (or focus on transactional with the goal of becoming a store).
Placing all your eggs in Google's basket = bad idea. Work on the #2 and #3 sources of traffic until they match Google.