My complaint... my commentary... is/has to do with Google's seemingly rash and irresponsible way of manipulating the search results.
I have no complaint, nor do you. You don't know that Google is manipulating the search results in some 'evil' way. And - If that IS the case, Google is a business which can't please everyone no matter what it does. Give us the URL to your business so we can critique it. Maybe your site(s) deserve to be lowered in the serps. I've had sites online since 1996 and since Google came into the Search game I've never had an algo change make much of a difference on any of my sites. Content is King, as it always has been.
Me - I'm not seeing any significant changes. It *appears* I may be getting a bit more traffic than is usual for a sunday, but since there's a certain amount of flux anyway I can't see anything statistically significant.
Get real guys. I'm new to this forum because my Professional SEO doesn't know what the heck is going on... can't figure it out.... And I'm up against a wall trying to undo this catastrophe...
Sounds like the company/person you hired for SEO isn't competent or promised you more than it/he/she can deliver. You made a mistake. We all make mistakes from time to time. And - If you think this is something you can "fix" in a couple of days or a week or something like that, you better think again. You're freaking out so quickly I'm amazed. Get a grip on reality - Your site(s) may come back up in the serps in a day or two, or a week or two. It's a bit soon to be crying and screaming doom and gloom.
...and looking into my newborn sons eye's and getting that sudden connection in between spastic seemingly involuntary muscle movement.
By golly, now you've got me in tears...
If you've been in this game since 2004 as you say, you should have known what the stakes are and that depending upon Google for traffic is not a wise decision. Maybe you should get a job in a company where you get a regular pay check and not have to depend upon Google's search results for your income.
Life is hard. As to your child, I didn't have one (and only had 1) until I was 38 years old and had plenty of cash in hand to be able to live a couple of years without a job at all. I specifically held off on having a kid until I was sure I was able to afford one. Life has been pretty good to me, my daughter is grown with a graduate degree and is an athletic trainer. I'm essentially retired and if all my web sites go down I have saved enough to live for 8 to 10 years without an income.
I still will have to let go of 7 - 8 employees tomorrow though.
In that case you have done a very poor job at planning your business. You obviously haven't planned for potential downturns. A friend of mine had 2 restaurants which both went bust during the 'recession' (or what ever they're calling it these days). He had to let more than 8 people go - A lot more. I told him years ago that he was over leveraged (and a bit of other advice) and he laughed at me. Right now he's near bankruptcy, in his late 50's and without any income, and he's crying about his failure attributing it to (blaming it on) everything but his business model and planning. He won't admit all the bad decisions he made on his own.
Based on the backlash to my commentary I think I should be a little clearer.
You have been very clear in showing you have a very poor business model and now you're crying and throwing the blame everywhere *except* where it belongs, which is your poor business decision(s). You keep on with the "Google should do this...." and "Google should have done this..." as if Google is to blame.
This may be the point in your life where you are forced to face the reality that you alone are responsible for your life and your decisions.
I agree with Lenny2, I am not blaming Google either. They helped to create so many jobs in US and abroad. But, they should have warned about this big change.
Same thing here. You say you're not blaming Google, yet you are.