diberry - 4:32 pm on Nov 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
Curious note: I was searching for a product I want to buy this weekend. Google gave me nothing but reviews of the product (which didn't even contain affiliate links to where to buy it. So I searched "where to buy [product]" and got the same reviews-only results. That was frustrating, and also struck me as really odd. I mean, on so many queries, we WISH this is how it would work!
It seems that no matter what the topic, if it's on a big platform, it's gonna rank high. I get the feeling that the phrase "less is more" is meaningless.
As TypicalSurfer was saying the other day somewhere around here, I think we may just need to accept that some sites are whitelisted - or if not whitelisted per se, so well buttressed by something or other that they just can't fail. I share your frustration here, but once you accept that ehow, ebay, Amazon, wikipedia, etc., are always going to be at the top, then you have a few options: out-perform them on phrases they aren't targeting, or just make sure your page is so good it comes right after theirs. Because believe me, there are a lot of people who are going to ignore results from those sites and look for something else, and that's where we come in.