gadget26 - 7:26 pm on Jun 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
gadget26 mentions the competitors are bad, but are they using different techniques or have different features? That includes scrapers of your content, what are they doing with it, the exact same thing you are?
If someone came up behind you and held a gun to your head and told you you have five seconds to name three compelling reasons why you're better than all your competitors, could you do it?
In most cases I look at, I have far more trust signals and higher quality and quantity of content than those that rank above me. They just have not been pandalized.
Sure, back in Feb of 2011 my website was a mess. But it worked so well that we were so busy processing orders that I didn't have time to work on it.
My point is that after 16 months of continuous improvements, including using many ideas from this board, and netmeg in particular, all my visitor engagement stats (and conversion rate) are much improved, yet my rankings and traffic continue to dive. Another 10% in this last run.
And, apparently, there's quite a few of us in this boat. Isn't it possible that we ARE doing the right things and it's google that is broken? Not that it changes anything...I just get tired of people assuming that we're not smart enough to break out. What if the truth of the matter is that google has it structured so that it's not even possible (in most cases) to break out of panda?