ColourOfSpring - 8:53 am on Aug 15, 2013 (gmt 0)
Anyway these sites have been knocked back a little today, sites without backlinks that focus on onsite SEO pushed WAY back and replaced (in many cases) with programme generated, drag and drop DIY sites lightly targeting the service/area with a vague reference if that in 3/4 paragraphs of text. Failing on every point above I work into my sites.
Basically every on page quality signal you can think of looks like its being ignored for something?
Just glad im in the process of working my way out of the SEO/web design business because I cant support my very young family or make any sort of long or even medium term decisions based on the instability... and frankly random nature of the little organic traffic left on page one! Good luck to anyone who relies on this barbecue!
When really obviously bad sites rank well, you do wonder. I've seen a lot of discussion on actually emulating such bad on-page SEO and content even (how ridiculous is that?). These kinds of results do lend themselves to conspiracy theories. Weak content is easier to identify than strong content, yet it ranks so well (this is particularly true for e-commerce keywords).
I share your sentiments on the overall viability / stability of working in the web design / SEO field (and I've been here for 16 years). I've managed to save up some money, and have property and ties in what some might describe as a "2nd world country" that would afford me a much lower cost of living. I nearly put a deposit down on a house in the UK - glad I didn't now. As you say, you just can't make longterm decisions. Perhaps we can all agree here about the lack of stability online. If a young person asked me if it was worth going into web design or anything related to it, I'd be polite (resist from laughing out loud) and simply tell them NO. This is an industry that's seen its better days. I'm afraid we'll be hailing corporate from here on out.