I wrote a while back in some other forum that the less i care about Google the more Google rewards me with free traffic.
I started to nocache than block images and now i blocked about 50% of my site for Google. I tread Google more and more as if it doesnt exist. I take the visitors I get from Google and googlize them, meaning trying to make them stay, leave their email adress or social footprint so they can come again directly without Google.
While my traffic had a steady growth over the last 5 years the share from Google fell from 80% to now down to 40% so i am less dependend on G. Maybe that is one of the new factors from Google, it rewards sites that would work without Google just fine...?