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This is not true at all. There are plenty of sites that have seen increased traffic. You just won't see too many of them being very vocal about it on here.
5 sites here. 4 doing EXTREMELY well. 1 hit by both Penguin/Panda.
[edited by: xcoder at 2:46 am (utc) on Sep 13, 2012]
I'm not sure what point you're trying to make.
[edited by: xcoder at 3:36 am (utc) on Sep 13, 2012]
You simply can not compare eCommerce to some forum or blog taking free registrations.
Check almost any independent webmaster forum and/or blog out there and you may get a hint...
I suggest not taking your hints from forums and blogs.
As you grow (in terms of visits) sometimes it's your head terms that grow, but most often it's long-tail. As that long-tail growth happens, your landing pages often become less effective because visitors don't see that the page matches their intent quite as quickly as they do when they arrive from a head term search.You must be talking about good old pre-autocomplete times. Long tail keyphrases are the bread and butter of smaller niche sites, which Elsmarc above refers to as "Mom & Pops". Long tail is getting completely killed by autocomplete.
There are plenty of sites that have seen increased traffic. You just won't see too many of them being very vocal about it on here.
I HATE AUTOCOMPLETE!
[edited by: xcoder at 7:37 am (utc) on Sep 13, 2012]
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Anyone who does not understand that the internet of today is not the internet of 1996 or 2000 or even 2005 is - Well, good luck. The internet has become commercialized (I call it "Wallmartization") and "Mom and Pop" sites (aka "small businesses") are on their way out the door. The Gold Rush is over. And I've read posts here where some people have over 100 sites.
Although we've barely discussed it here, I also see significant changes (up and down) with the growing need for a plus sign [+] to ensure that a word is included in the SERP. This is a kind of "update" or tweak that seems to be happening a good bit in recent months. Some longer tail query phrases are generating bizarre search results because of these changes, with lost rankings for pages that actually DO contain all the keywords.
This made me think that what they are actually doing is changing/matching queries into pre determined stored key phrases, most likely designed to reduce database stress
I always advise clients not to depend 100% on the Adwords Suggestion tool...