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[edited by: tedster at 7:41 pm (utc) on May 22, 2010]
Google is in that position and yet, to the best of my knowledge, we don't even hear the gov implying that maybe the situation needs to be examined. In fact, I have never even seen it discussed outside of the webmaster community.
You say go & get traffic, easier said than done
wrong forum for sympathy
Look, it's not up to Google to make your customers find you.
Money is not being "lost". It's being redistributed.
How Much is a Google Top Spot Worth?
...Chitika decided to find out what it was worth to them by looking at a sample of traffic coming into its network from Google and broke it down by Google results placement. The top organic position drove 34.35% of all traffic in the sample, almost the combined total of positions 2 through 5 slots, and more than the combined total of traffic to longtail positions, 5 through 20 (the end of page 2)...
The largest behavioral jump, measured as a percentage-change, is from the top of page 2 to the bottom of page 1. Going from the 11th spot to 10th sees a 143% jump in traffic, proving that a very small percentage of users click through to the second page whilst searching online.
It proves, once again, that your website really needs to be on the first page of results to get any real chance of being seen. And to build a successful business online you really need to get your website into positions 1-4 for a variety of terms - those specific Google positions, combined, command a whopping 70% of all traffic to websites!
Read Full Article [blog.searchenginewatch.com]
people wanting to maintain excellence in search being countered by those who see dollars, dollars and more dollars
confirmed by google this is a rankings change and not a listings change so we continue to wait for listings to be back to 'normal' before we can assess any ranking change
I thought it was confirmed as an algo change, which to me means both things are possible. Could it just be that with the new algo some pages no longer make the cut?
I withdrew it because I don't think this study is about organic cliks at all - I think it's about Adwords.