TheMadScientist - 4:36 pm on May 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
Through the years, I've used (and paid) two highly-skilled, knowledgeable web developers and designers to work on my site and advise. Last year, I paid a well-known consultant for a site review and implemented the majority of the recommendations... Have done everything known to god and webman; until Panda hit like an earthquake followed by a tsunami.
And you Completely Missed the point I was making, which was to Move Away from search engine dependence! That's one of the problems with bothering to post here ... People don't seem to read for comprehension, but rather for argument...
So why tell someone like me to get a mirror check?!
Because if you weren't dependent on search engines, and specifically Google, for an income, you probably wouldn't care too much about Panda, or at least you would have sustainable income without Google's traffic ... I've read here eHow only generates 28% of it's revenue from Google traffic, yeah, a loss would hurt, but they're not going to close shop because of it ... That's the difference between a website and a business, imo, and it's the warning people have been ignoring for years.
If you (or anyone) really can't have a site without Google then how important is it to people? Think about it for a minute...
Here's a short version of the warning that's been posted here for years: USE GOOGLE (and search engines in general), but don't depend on a 3rd party that owes no one a ranking for your livelihood.