Broad descriptions only (no specifics, no urls).
Site: Entertainment, specific to single author
Site size (current): 1,008 pages, 1280 images
Competitors when started (1996): < 30
Competitors now (2017): 24,730
FB encroachment: >1000
Competitors are identified by domain/urls, not number of competing PAGES
Site selected is earliest I started, hobby, continues (and will continue as it is a hobby), but the numbers (and the scrapers of my content is immense) of competitors has grown significantly in the last five years. More noise, more competition, falling traffic as the pie gets sliced smaller year on year.
Early EDU backlinks and many COM keep the site page one or two, but ranking within those pages filp flops like crazy and getting worse. New content, move to responsive, leaning down js/special effects, etc. has kept the site fresh.
What is your experience and general response to the competition?