Play_Bach - 10:05 am on Jun 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
I joined in 2004, so not ten years for me yet. Like IanCP, the first five years were great with mind blowing numbers for some people here on this very board. As for me, my earnings peaked September 2009 and then began going downhill. Why the drop is still something I haven't been able to pinpoint exactly. Certainly changes with Google - their ad dominated layout displacing organics to obscurity for starters. Panda, Penguin, ATF, EMD, brand bias, rise of mobile all are factors to consider too.
These days I'm lucky to see 1/6 of what I averaged in 2009. So far, 2013 is actually an improvement over the really dark years of 2011, 2012 so at least in my case, things are moving in the right direction (modest gains that they are). Hope the upward trend continues and thanks Google for more of a co-dependent relationship than I ever imagined was possible with a search engine.