diberry - 12:38 am on Oct 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
The idea of us all blocking Google bots one day has a romantic appeal, but I suspect it would actually please Google. Fewer sites to crawl and rank = shrinking expenditures = more profit, and no loss because end users probably wouldn't notice the difference. And even if they did, it wouldn't necessarily cause them to stop using Google.
Leosghost's idea of linking freely and ignoring all Google's silly rules (as in, rules that don't benefit visitors or sites) has a lot of merit. IMHO, it won't solve anything, at least not quickly. But a lot of Google's rules really do (whether they intend this or not) force you to give up pursuing alternative traffic sources, increasing your dependence on Google traffic. The more you play by their rules, the more dependent you become.
AFAIC, no one in this thread has posted a "solution." I don't think there is one, unless by some miracle the govt steps in and splits Adsense from Search or something. Because despite our combined power, at its most generous estimate, we don't really have a way to use that power to bring Google to the bargaining table. At this point, only the govt does. MSN is moving aggressively to take back what their anti-trust suit practically gifted Google last decade, but even they are enlisting the DoJ's help to do it. No one else can make a company that big do anything it doesn't want to.