Lenny2 - 3:53 am on Dec 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
@Acee "From what you're saying, it looks like I'll be facing an enforced retirement!"
If you can afford to get out now... or put things on hold until more comes out about how to deal with Panda... I'd do it. Otherwise it's like shooting in the dark.
Do I feel like I've mishandled by Google? Ahh, #*$! em... I don't give a #*$! about them enough to care if I was mishandled by them. I used think/say that they should have warned me before they changed their SERPS so drastically that I lost 75% of my business on Feb. 24th... and had to let go of 14 employees. Now I just say: take your nose out of Googles ass and build a business that you love... and love to be a part of... It's the same lesson we all learned in grade school "love what you do... and the rest will follow..."
So now I say to you, #*$! 'em. Move on and #*$! 'em. They can rule the web... they can do whatever the #*$! they want to do... I don't give a flying #*$!.. AND, yes I'm going to buy a chromebook... why? because it's cheaper and way cooler to work out of the cloud. It's human nature to do whats easiest for us.... and Google makes things easier. Same goes for Apple... and if we ran our businesses as savvy as Google or Apple we'd not be writing about how lame Google was... we'd be talking about to better serve our customers... what our vision was... what our value add is... how to rule our niche.
So yes, #*$! google by not caring. I'll bet that most of us care more about Google than Googlers care about Google. It's an unhealthy relationship. We come to work and all we think about Google... We go home and all we can think about is Google... Googlers go to work; think about Google for a good 8 - 10 hours (FOR WHICH THEY ARE PAID BY GOOGLE) and then go home and FORGET Google. (And I'll bet that 40% of those people CANNOT wait to start their own thing... and get OUT of google!)
It's a very unhealthy relationship most of us have with Google. Dump Google like you dumped that #*$!ing bitch (Or dick) that screwed you over in High School or College... remember that feeling... the feeling that came off your chest? That's how it will feel. DUMP THAT BITCH (Or Dick)... Get rid of the negative energy. Start to breath easier... Look at the flowers (and actually see them)... Smell the coffee (and actually smell it)... Drink a beer with some friends (and actually shoot the #*$!)... Have a philosophical conversation with your wife. Throw the ball with you dog... spend time with your kids... Whatever it is that you do... do it free of care for Google.... otherwise you might just end up like me, pre-occupied with how to get back from Panda 10 months later... alone in an office with too many chairs and computers, after hours... while your 10 month old child is surely being put to bed without you.
Follow the advice that Matt Cutts has been graciously giving for YEARS: Pretend like Google doesn't exist when you build web pages.