mojomike - 1:36 am on Oct 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
I rarely post, I am always reading. I found this thread amazingly amusing. It's rather simple, the lack of true business sense, how could anyone think on depending on the free traffic provided by google. Maybe I am lucky, I have a few top ranked sites, panda did nothing to me.
But what I did is what all good business managers do. I looked to make sure that my traffic flow was well balanced. Yes I bought print ad's in the industry's that I have web sites. I've bought ad's on portals, I bought radio time, and I even bought cable ad's. It was part of the business. Heck I think my biggest expense is print ad's ( they work ).
While it's fine that I got top ranking, I don't depend on it. Based on Jan. to Sep. I don't think that Google, Bing or any other engine represents more than a total of 40% of my traffic. So if I lost them ( Bing, Google, Yahoo ) I still have a consistent 60% left over.
The goal is to be well rounded, never depend on one traffic lane as a source of your income ( in fact, take a moment and learn from the auto industry and try to copy them.) Yes it does cost, but be assured, the results over time will make life profitable and less stressful.
Also, Google is a business, they provide a service, it's a good service. So what if they run the game, there are multiple players, it changes with time, Ford at one time owned the game and he lost it.
Also, they have the right to run it as they see fit, at the end of the day, it's the consumer whom will choose and dictate where they surf for answers. funny thing to note, Bing is a search engine that feels better when surfing, so maybe the trend is already changing.