robzilla - 12:04 pm on Sep 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
And yet it is. The end, that is. Or at least the beginning of the end. And it's not a success story, either. If you have an ever-increasing track record of Google penalties, perhaps it would be wise to have a critical look at your business model. Are you targeting these high-dollar keywords for a quick buck, and does it show when looking at the contents and the architecture of the site? Again, if Google penalized this site, there's a decent change that someday Bing will, too. On the short term, you're rightfully happy with the users that Bing and Yahoo send your way, but what if, half a year later, you lose out on those as well? You can go from one quick buck to the next, but that's gotta be a stressful enterprise, and no way to sustain yourself. Why not spend your time on building something that's algo-proof?
I still think you should be told why and given the chance to do something about it before you are dropped.
They'd be working against their own algorithm. If Google begins teaching individual webmasters what's fundamentally wrong with their sites, and how to lift or prevent a penalty, then that's pretty much the end of their search engine. Collect enough impending penalty cases, and you'll know exactly how to bend the rules to your advantage, and Google's disadvantage. They're thinking long term, and you should, too.