walkman - 1:03 am on Sep 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's futile. What we say and what we think doesn't matter. There's has been a philosophy shift at Google, focusing on money and expanding into virtually every market just by using their search power. They closed many free products, translation after being made popular will now have a paid option and Google is getting into lead generation as well this quarter.Little by little they will start to push out even those feeling safe today, it never fails. What's important for them now is monetizing the traffic to Google the get and making people stay longer in Google properties. They hate the fact that FB is sticky, so expect everything geared towards that and towards making site-owners use and promote Google plus.
This new philosophy coincided with Larry Page, and what the CEO wants he gets. Whatever site you had, employees, dreams, goals, bills....doesn't matter, even if Panda is flawed to death. Looks like Panda sites are toast anyway, those that came back came back when Google said they tweaked the algo, 5 months later. For everyone that came back and changed something, you can find one that changed nothing and still came back. There is now a sense of "who cares," in search; sites have bee divided in "good" and "bad" ones and that's where it ends. You have a "bad" site becuase Google said so all of the sudden. They even have the nerve of saying that, as if repeating it makes it true. No need to explain anything to us, unless you can raise hell on HackerNews or Twitter.
Any next update will not make a good difference for us until Google hurts. IMO we will have a bad 2 years or so, until there is more honest competition in search, or until the government forces them to separate search from the rest, or submit to independent observers. Google losing traffic and credibility is great news for the web in general and regular webmasters in particular, but it takes time.
The days of do a good site and traffic will come are gone, at least for now. Likewise, the days when you believe a word from them....do a search for site:cc.co and see if Google let any back after telling them to submit re-inclusion requests. Tens of thousands of them were very white hat sites.