maxmoritz - 1:29 pm on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
As I just wrote in the other similar thread...I completely disagree with this characterization. Free traffic? Are you joking? Many webmasters including myself work harder and spend more money than physical business owners. There is nothing free about organic traffic unless you're not in a competitive niche.
If you own a physical store on a busy shopping street, is the foot traffic "free traffic"? If one day your city decides to bulldoze your business or move it to a low traffic location, is that ok? An ungodly number of transactions occur on the web, and Google's search results have physical parallels.
The reason this "free traffic" is gone for real, quality businesses (if they were hit by Panda) is because Google has totally screwed up with their machine learning layer on top of the algo. It's because Google is irresponsibly running tests that have dramatic and UNKNOWN affects on real businesses and lives. They have tremendous power, and they're abusing it.