robster124 - 3:38 pm on Aug 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
ive given up making month on month, year on year comparisons. we've added a huge amount of content over the last year and it all ranks well and our traffic should be way up but its basically plateaued, and so i can sympathise with your comment about the "hereto unknown factor clamping traffic" and for us that is google ramping up the ad/local search dial.
for a local information service like ours we just keep getting indirectly relegated. it no longer means much to say top 5 in google at least for our terms and i no longer celebrate seeing new pages up there. much of my hope revolves around thinking that the dial is now turned to the max or new the max with the introduction of the "carousel" and their purchase of zagat etc. it has pushed us to innovate as well on the positive side of things. we currently have 2 new innovative types of content (at least in my own opinion) that we didnt have a year ago and that no one else has and hopefully that google cant scrape from us anytime soon.