Admittedly I haven't been in the SEO world in years. Last time I looked at my site ranking was at least 4 years ago.
I have always been on Page 1 .... along with very high quality search results - my main competitors who had similar very useful social networking sites like mine. We all competed and we always were vying for good positions on Page 1 or 2 of google.
Today my buddy told me to look at google for my key search phrase. I was astounded. I was the only one left. The other sites - all of them, at least 10 or so .... completely gone. In their place? A bunch of ridiculous crap like WebMD, Mayo Clinic, .... (ridiculous because they have only 1 page on the given health topic versus an entire site with hundreds of pages of unique content) ....
Those other web sites? My competitors? They're still out there. Still updating their content. Still tens of thousands of users on their forums. Yet gone from the first pages of Google.
Then it got worse ... HuffingtonPost .... Fox News .... single articles. Really? That was Page 1. There weren't *any* quality search results left.
Page 2? Guess what? Another listing from WebMD ..... and another listing from Huffington Post.
So here is page 1 and 2 of Google and WebMD and Huffington Post taking up 4 spots. Two web sites that have absolutely *nothing* to do with the given topic. What is going on?
Where was I ? Well thankfully I was still the lone ranger. Page 2 ... halfway down. A far cry from the Page 1 Position 1 I held for 10 years.
But im the only one left. No other legit web sites were listed. Just random unrelated junk. Is this a known issue with Google now? I'm so out of the swing of things.