ColourOfSpring - 8:26 am on Jul 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
Several of my sites are in the same scenario since 2011. Unfortunately nothing is working and I don't think we can do anything about it, short of becoming NBC popular.
The writing is in the wall and I have seen it, Google wants all the money they can get and I think this is linked to having virtually all ads on page one and wanting us to advertise. This is the 800 pound gorilla in the room and we cannot and should not ignore it. 23% more clicks from 2012 came out of somewhere, and that's by us getting less traffic from Google. Like I said, you can ignore the obvious and say "But Matt Cutts said and that"
Exactly right. Unless you can create the same multi-million dollar signals the big brands can create, you're going to continue sliding down. My selling niche is dominated by high street brands - they dominate the top 15-20 positions alongside eBay and Amazon. These brands spend millions of pounds in marketing each year. They have hundreds of bricks and mortar stores. I can't compete with that.