HuskyPup - 8:07 pm on Mar 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
If you drop from 1 to 3 on average the average score awarded to your pages dropped 0.03%.
The problem I'm having with this type of mathematics is that it is not a true reflection of what is actually happening in many niches. I am not referring to insurance, finance, holidays etc, I am referring to niches whereby there may actually only be 50 - 100 companies competing for specific terms with nothing running into the thousands let alone millions or billions.
There is a huge difference between ranking #1 or #6, in fact it is well-known that it is better to be #10 or #11, first on the second page, when using the standard 10 results layout.