ColourOfSpring - thanks for the words...it helps...
I just went through the sites in my niche who are now "winning" - the first one, a huge referral pop up automatically loads covering most of the page...then, followed by reproduced info, nothing original.
The next several sites, same story - no authority, no google+, next-to-nothing original, but since they don't have keywords in their domain, and they 'appear' to be branded sites, even though in many cases they are not..
It sucks, when I have taken my camera, lighting equipment and time to experts or business owners in my niche to interview them, and put that video interview which has thousands of views on my site, that page is bumped down in favor of a site that put zero time into their page...they just scraped or bought the info and plopped it out there.
Thanks though, I appreciate your thought. May be over for me though, and for many others.