Saffron - 2:16 am on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
Definitely agree, and I rely on search to bring in my traffic, but I am also trying to branch out. Google have taught me that you can't rely on them. You may be no. 1 for years (as I have been), and then all of a sudden, they ditch you. They are still my top referrer, but I am looking at ways to branch out. Facebook, Twitter, just opened a Pinterest account (don't know what on earth I'm doing yet), I'm pretty much trying everything.
My friend (who runs the same topic site as me) says she won't waste time writing about rare topics. I disagree. They may not get hits, but it's all exposure. And one day that rare topic that none of the other sites can be bothered to write about might be picked up by sites such as the BBC and you get a huge (albeit temporary) boost in traffic. So I don't just write the popular articles, I try to cover the ones my competitors don't want to write about.
I just wish there was more of an even spread of usage with the search engines instead of Google having the majority. I hope that will change, and soon so it's a more even playing field.
As an oldie, I would say I use search engines about 95% of the time for looking stuff up. I will occasionally ask for help on a forum. Never Facebook or Twitter. They're purely fun/social right now. My site has a FB page of course, but it's not something I especially enjoy doing. I'd rather be writing than posting on the site FB page. But it seems to be quite popular.