atlrus - 6:23 am on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
I am surprised some are trying to have us believe Google algo updates are some sort of lottery draws?
They absolutely are, I have seen no evidence to the contrary and I beg someone to prove me wrong.
1. There is no scheduled update of the algo, ever. Much like lottery it could hit at any time.
2. No one knows what would be/has been changed and how it would affect a website. Not even Google itself. Never. Even now no one knows what Panda is all about.
What you are probably missing is that if Matt Cutts looked at your site, he's going to say 'whatever, that's no better or worse than 1000 other sites, I don't care if it's on the front page or not'. My main site, Matt Cutts wouldn't say that. And THAT'S what the algo is implementing - not pagerank or backlinks or expert content. Google makes more money if they serve better results. My primary website qualifies as 'better results', in every measure. Content. Layout. Backlinks. Authority. Bounce rate. Whatever.
Yeah, you keep telling yourself that. I know I will see you again when Google algos your website, which I know it will. Then you would be one of the people with great websites crying here because they can't believe they did everything right, Matt Cutts thought their website was first page quality, yet somehow they got the boot.
And since you already mentioned you are preparing yourself for that day with backup websites, then why are you arguing?!? Obviously you already know there is no such thing as "great website ranking #1 for ever"...
All my income is online. 1/2 of it comes from non-google sources. Do you have that diversity?
Yes, I do. I've been earning my living exclusively online for the past 13 years, I think I have a lot of experience. Once I used to have a website, a great website, just like yours - perfect as far as Google guidelines were concerned. But after one big algo update it was pushed back by a bunch of spammers. That was my first real eye opener about algo changes and I am sorry to say, but you will have your moment, too, eventually.
You want a very recent example of how full of "S" Google is? Do a search for "women's clothing" and see which website is ranked #1. Yeah, keep drinking Matt Cutts koolaid...