AnthonysItalianFood - 12:06 pm on Oct 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
.. side note, this quote should have said: "money AND time is well spent".
It does not matter if you spent 5000 hours and $5 million dollars to create your site. That part is done. You have a site and the money is well spent hopefully on creating a good site.
...and this is exactly what gets you the traffic. Because you worked hard on creating original quality content that is valuable to the visitor you get traffic from Google. You build a following, people enjoy your website and find it useful and link to it, etc... You get rewarded for that hard work by "free traffic", not "free money".
It's only "free money" once you start making more money than what you poured into the site and this includes what your time is worth.
If you spent one day on a 1 page website and put very little effort into the content then you would not be getting the traffic. My rant is that I have spent the past 10 years on a labor of love that Google has squashed with this crazy Panda that really is not working in my opinion. All it's doing is bringing the big brands amd massive website to the top while squashing the little guy like me down to oblivion.
All the key phrases I was ranking on prior to the Panda are now ONLY ranking for HUGE brand names and or massive websites that have 100' of 1'000's of pages and massive resources.
Panda is squashing the little guy.
That is my 2 cents on this.