diberry - 5:20 am on Oct 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
Reno, I totally agree. And I think onepointone is right about them not caring. They are creating a fear atmosphere, but I'm not sure it's about keeping anyone subservient, per se. I mean, we don't know what they want, so how can we serve them? But what it does do is keep us all so busy jumping from one foot to the other that we neglect sound business principles. Or we're outright banned from using them (paid text links, for example) on Google's say-so.
I don't mind Google acting like a business and doing what's best for them with no concern for me - that's to be expected. But when they show deep concern about preventing me from doing what's best for MY business - that's a predatory practice, and it's not okay. But my only options are: keep doing what they tell me and risk losing an unknown number of potential visitors, or stop doing what they tell me and lose a known number of visitors. At that point, it's not a case of the webmaster stupidly relying on Google. It's just how things are when a company gets so big, their name becomes synonymous with their product.