Dave_Hybrid - 9:03 am on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think you said that perfectly HS.
Make sites for users not Google, they've been saying this for eternity.
I admit, i was a bit half and half, my site was ok but it was designed to bring an income firstly.
I've now reversed that, ads are gone and it's making nothing, but everyone including me like spending much more time there.
It is amazing that when thinking of money first how that influences your site design.
It's not simply about removing ads, its about making new design and function changes that are not based on revenue or reverting the design and function changes that were based on revenue.
Forget the money, get a day job if need be and allow your site to be free from that influence and im pretty sure it will flourish.
Hopefully, in the long run as the site popularity improves i can work out a way to monetize that keeps everyone happy.
In the meantime its online for the users, and all i want is to see it grow, not line my pockets.
I think SEO has changed, it is no longer about finding little tricks and loop holes that get you a traffic boost and are within guidelines, so stop thinking like that.
People are still looking for the easy fix, the one thing that puts it in a box. Do this and you dont get hit by Panda...
That ship has sailed, it's about pleasing users, it's time to let go of keyword optimized titles/meta/links - ratios of any kind, keyword density's, footer links, onsite sitemaps bla bla bla.
Make an excellent site, better than your competition, for the people, and they will come, and stay. Stickyness is what G is looking for.