AnthonysItalianFood - 9:06 pm on Oct 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
it was free money
I have to highly disagree with this statement of "it was free money". So do you work for 0 dollars per hour? Did you spend any time building your website? Is your time worth anything? This is a huge misconception. Yes, I have been slapped hard multiple times by the Panda since April 2011 on my own website. Huge loss of traffic with each slap. Do I deserve it? I don't think so at all due to the fact that all content is originally written by me for the sole purpose of the visitor. But what do I know? I'm just a small webmaster guy who means nothing to google. Here is the problem I have with the statement of "free money". I have poured 1000's of hours into my own website to help others. There is nothing wrong with being paid for all that hard work.
If the Panda is penalizing people for having advertising, well, I highly disagree with that reasoning. Sure, maybe there could be a percentage cap, meaning only so much advertising per percentage of content, etc... but there is nothing wrong with trying to make a little money for one's very hard work. Especially when you have a site that is not selling anything.