brinked - 11:12 pm on Mar 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
Walkman, I am not rubbing anything in. Heck I did not win in this update, only 2 sites gained a few positions and a handful of really old sites were dropped, pretty much costing me about $60 a day in income.
From what I see, overall this is a good update. Will there be innocent sites that get hit? Of course there will be, thats part of the game, you cant please everyone. Everyone complains that sites with crappy content, duplicate sites rank too high etc, now google is doing something about it and everyone complains.
I am not saying a lot of people on here do not have a reason to be sour. The fact of the matter is, a lot of people come to me, some from these very forums and they all sound the same, it goes something like "my site no longer ranks for these terms, I do not know why google would do this to me, it has always ranked high and now sites of lesser quality outrank me". When I ask to see there site, 90% of the time there are obvious reasons why there site was hit.
If your site was dropped, you need to take a step back and evaluate your business. If you take a hit you need to do something about it to improve. I feel for a lot of people who are losing business from this undeserved, but there loss is someone elses gain. What about that high quality site who can never rank because of the spam that ranks ahead of him?
From my perspective, this update has done more good than it has done harm. Is it perfect? Absolutely not, but there were a lot of disgruntled webmasters before this anyway.
This is kind of similar to a person being rich, cruising through life with very little effort, maybe the money they had was not deserved. One day they wake up and they realize they spent all there money, they did nothing to invest and protect themselves, and not wanting to go back to how there life was before all that money, they are going to blame everyone but themselves.
You can blame google all you want, google does not care, I have been through so much because of google over the last 12 years, I developed an alcohol problem because of updates just like this, depression so bad I did not want to wake up in the morning. I eventually came to the realization I had to just change up the game plan, trial and error, take notes until I find a winning formula. If you took a hit, do not depend on google, take matters into your own hands and make some changes. Do not be afraid of making changes to your site, update the home page, add a blog to it, make a facebook app, get on twitter, start focusing on your brand and not what google thinks of you and then good things will happen.