You definately raise some valid points. I am just lucky/happy that I put all my eggs in the Google basket. The large commercial site that I helped build and now maintain was tweaked a year ago so that it works well with the Google algo. It is perfectly clean and Google seems to love it. I focus my energies now on adding content and tracking which keywords that the viewing public are using for the products we sell. It has been written in this forumn many times that a clean, content rich site is great food for the Googlebot. If you try to get to fancy or build a spammy site you will get nailed sooner or later. As for free hosting.... well what can I say. It is real easy to abuse them by creating all kinds of doorway pages at a very lost cost. Link farms were created to spam SE's so I do not have sympathy for those who built them.
Not wishing to put any dampers on the Google 'lovefest' - aren't many of the posters here the same people who were gloating about the fact that Google ruled and that AOL had no searches? If this is the case, why the glee. According to you, there should be no increase in traffic. Look at what was posted [webmasterworld.com] previously. This was one amongst many threads. So why are you all so excited?
I've nothing against Google, but it is a business. It will (when it controls the SE market) be in a position to charge for commercial listings like nothing you have seen before!
MMT, that other thread is not to say that there isn't traffic on AOL. Those that have been to the AOL mountain under quality kw's, know there is killer traffic there. What traffic there is on AOL right now, is going to Overture, and those that can pull a top 5 ink listing ($$). With Google on AOL, that traffic will come back and be distrubuted more evenly by Google AOL.