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1st organic search result has 30+ links above

8:50 am on Apr 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

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So after a long time in google hellmouth, my new domain ranks 1st for a few good keywords, but there is virtually no traffic anymore. Bing and Google have whored out their SERPS with adverts and those have site links, and then the news results and video and image links all sit above the top placement.

Is there any future in creating new content for organic search or are webmasters gradually all being forced into either becoming a news site, youtuber or Advert reliant?
9:08 am on Apr 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld, Sagacity!

Organic traffic is getting more and more difficult, but it also depends on the niche. I found that focusing more on long tail has less adwords, it brings overall more traffic and better conversions.

The keywords you are talking about, are they very competitive? When you say virtually no traffic, what number of visitors/day you have in mind?
12:07 pm on Apr 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Hi, yes the keywords are competitive. In my niche advertisers bid high on broad matches and bid high on phrases containing keywords.
About 10 visits per day for the good quality keyword phrases. The site has about 100 real persons per day from google searches.

After a few weeks, older keyword traffic to the pages which ranked well fades away. Is this normal, or specific to my site structure?
2:41 pm on Apr 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

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either becoming a news site, youtuber or Advert reliant?

The first two are not applicable to me and I cannot justify the third owing to my industry.

I am re-evaluating all the sites I run and just how, if they can be, optimised any better/differently, without wasting a lot of time and money on them.

I've definitely had success with some sites yet a couple of others have failed miserably and I have absolutely no idea why and I am not at all sure what I am going to do with those.

All in all things are very frustrating at the moment with so many ads plastering the results.
4:34 am on Apr 20, 2014 (gmt 0)

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One of the wealthiest men in the world doesn't invest in tech companies. Warren Buffet

Why? He doesn't believe they will stand the test of time.

Google will try and make as much money as possible and if someone is paying them $5 per click to be shown for a term, I would bet they have a pretty good page for that term, so why not make a little dough and whore out the homepage.

You need to remember do as google tells you, not as google does.

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