Elsmarc - 11:48 pm on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's just business. Businesses large and small go bust every day. I know a lot of people who had businesses in the bricks and mortar world which went bust during this "recession" (or whatever it is). One close friend had 2 restaurants which went bust, he's in debt up the wazoo and near bankruptcy. Meanwhile my sites continue to grow in both visitors and income.
tell that to webmaster that are losing 30% traffics xD
I guess I've been around too long for this to be an issue. Algos change, some sites go up, some go down, some stay the same. Things weren't any better during the pre-Google days, the only nice thing back then was there was so much less competition. So far I haven't seen any changes to my sites but I don't expect to have any real idea what the effects are going to be (if any) for a week or two. But then again, Google algo changes over the years have never significantly affected any of my sites. I haven't done any serious SEO to any of my sites in quite a few years, either. None of my sites even have a sitemap.
For those of you who have 'suffered' during this algo change, I feel for you. I've been through it. I was a business standards consultant for many years and around 2000 the bottom dropped out of my target market. Luckily I had started making web sites which were starting to pay off by the the time my consulting business started going down hill. At the end of 2003 I essentially stopped consulting and "retired" from that business. Competition just got to be too much for my "One Man Show" that rates I could charge dropped about 70% by the end of 2003. These days I'm making close to what I made back then and I don't even have to leave the house. Back then I was lucky to be home two weekends a month, and, now and again I'd be at home for a full week in a month.
The bottom line: This is business. No more, no less. Consider the millions of web sites now on the internet. I did a quick search and the best I could find was this: 234 million – The number of websites as of December 2009 compared to around 18,000 websites in August 1995 which was 4 months before I put my first website online. Goodness knows how many websites are out there now. One online source says: "The Indexed Web contains at least 13.18 billion pages on the internet as of late 2010". I think Google does a pretty good job indexing and 'ranking' sites considering how big the internet is today.
For those who are disappointed in Google's search rankings and results, this is your chance to write a *good* algorithm for indexing and ranking sites. If you can do that you will be the next Google and will probably become a millionaire (probably a billionaire) in short order. And if you do so, my bet is you will end up changing (tweaking, whatever) your algo from time to time as the internet continues to evolve. Then people will be complaining about how your algorithm change ruined them...