Perfection - 6:33 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
I haven't been reading most of these threads (seems like there's a million of them everywhere), so I apologize if I'm repeating stuff people have already said.
I have a site that I started in early 2001. It's just me writing articles about a subject I have an interest in and knowledge about. Simple as that.
People seemed to like my content a lot, and I ended up getting some good links and traffic. At some point over the last decade, I ended up averaging around 20k unique visitors per day (most of which came from Google), and it has held amazingly consistent for the last 5 years at least.
Until of course the other day... when traffic instantly dropped by 50% (along with revenue, which comes via Adsense, affiliate products, and my own ebook).
I don't have any user generated content, no scraped content (although people have been scraping the crap out of my site for years), no typical low quality MFA nonsense, and no links to anything remotely "funny."
It's literally just me writing articles about a subject I like for exactly 10 years straight.
Why Google would intentionally create an update that would hurt a high quality site like mine, I have no f'ing clue.
If that's really what they set out to do, I sure as hell would love to know the reasoning.
Unless of course I'm just one of the people who ended up getting screwed by mistake?
If that's the case, I would obviously love it if they make some kind of effort to fix it.
Do I actually deserve to get either of these things? As much as I really love to think I do, I guess I really don't.
Which sucks... a lot.
Especially after 10 straight years of it not sucking.