scooterdude - 1:11 pm on Oct 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
My take :)
I can see the point of those who say its not free(zero cost to webmaster) traffic from Google seeing as they do a lot of work and expend a lot of reasources to build these sites.
However, i think what the OP is also pointing out is that
where a business entirely reliant on walk in traffic like organic traffic(free not paid for traffic) it will have problems where it has no control over access to the free traffic.
A bit like those towns that get abandoned when the rail route no longer has to go around the mountain range and goes thought the brand new tunnel under the mountain instead . rail workers move away, no train stop overs, perhaps some utilies to be cut off ,,,,
I never quite managed to get on the Google loved up list , so i've been trying to develop SE independent stuff for a while, but its tough.