Leosghost - 1:27 am on Aug 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
Number 1 slot on page 1 all the time is a bit more than I want to shoot for.
Since G personalised SERPS ( whether one is "signed in" or not ), no one can say with 100% certainty that they are always at #1 all of the time , to everyone..not to mention local geo targeting and regional geo targeting, national or country geo targeting affecting who sees what etc..
That all also rolls G's ad inventory around more than it did..which is good for G's bottom line..
But is appalling for adsense publishers..
It is all now much more subject to the "Heisenberg effect", but if you can get consistently in the #1 or #2 or #3 slot of SERPS in your target area..that will do..:)..in some searches ( with not many ads etc pushing the results down below the fold ) numbers #5, #6 #7 can still bring some reasonable traffic ..as can "top of page two" ( the number #11 slot )..most "desktop" searchers have their settings at "default" of 10 results per page..
mobile SERPS...different game ..