dickbaker - 6:25 am on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
MrSavage, mine was one of the sites that was really hit hard on 2/24. My share of Google traffic has not come back. I don't think that there's anything I can do with the site that will bring it back, as it doesn't fit neatly into a category that Google seems to want. I think I'd be wasting my time.
I know very well how you feel, as this isn't the first time I've taken a hit in business. I'd invested a lot of money and 13 years of my life in a photo studio. Things were going swimmingly, and then the industry changed. I didn't change quickly enough with it, and my thirteen years went down the drain
So, I started over. Four years later I started the site that was hit in February. I still have some revenue, but not like I had last year. I can make it, but it will be tough (although not as tough as when I lost my studio and 80% of my income).
I spend time feeling sorry for myself, and I still sometimes get angry, but it's hard to figure out where to focus the anger.
In each situation, I was at the mercy of others, whether it was fickle art directors or Google. That's a bad situation to be in. Right now I'm looking at starting a new site. I'l be investing a lot of money--six figures--into it, which is all I have. I won't depend upon search engines. I'll buy my advertising. If it works, that will be great. If not, I'll do something else.
It's hard to pick yourself up after being kicked so hard, but do it. Don't stay lying down.