birchy - 10:50 pm on Jul 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
No, my pages are usually pretty low down the list. I just ran three samples, results came back on pages 3, 4 and 7. These may be skewed, as I go them from looking at logs of recent visitor activity. Sometimes it's so far back I stop looking and use a "site:" search to verify they have indexed that page. A lot of my images are showing up on the first page of image searches, however.
My keywords are proper nouns, used in searches of several general interest purposes, and have several established heavy hitters in the area that I serve. Developing external links to my site doesn't seem like an easy goal, my competition has a huge head start in that area, but my user base is growing every month and I'm seeing increased references to my site on Facebook and WikiPedia from those users.
To tell the truth, since I'm not quite ready for prime time in several ways, I don't really want to be on the first page. Page two would be nice. My visitors however, often find me because while a few major sites may have the data they are looking for, I'm one of the few (esp. on this scale) that provides it free and conveniently.
As for traffic levels, they've fallen from about 12k/dy a year and a half ago to about 6-7k/dy. I expect those to increase in the few months, I'm doubling my content. Before the decrease last week in CTR to 1/10th of previous levels, the traffic was good enough. If my wife lost her job (likely), we could have absorbed the hit. Now we can't.
I think it will be easier for me to increase traffic. First by addition of content (almost done), and then by repackaging the content for a different market (which is already crowded, but I'll offer added value with an online tool not offered by anyone). I was thinking about putting that new website on it's own domain, but don't want to get into trouble with millions of crosslinks between sister sites, so may have to share with Site One, even though their markets are different (obstensibly, many people come to Site One with Site Two purposes). (But I posted this on a different thread already...)