acee - 10:15 am on Dec 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
You can't forget about Google and move on while they still have almost total search domination. Whilst in this position they are effectively denying many, many websites the ability to trade. I would take Web_speed's 'best store in the mall' theme further, and suggest it's like being in the busiest shopping mall on the planet with massive passing traffic, with a gang outside your door, shepherding potential customers along to a competitor's store, and then the gang charges the store owner to let the customers in!
Google needs some serious regulation and searchers need to be aware that Google has skewed search results way beyond what is an acceptable level. I'm surprised that Google are so arrogant that they felt they could take things this far. Surely even Eric Scmidt must realise that these are the halcyon days, and you can only abuse your market position so much.
Why are you pandering to the Panda? The Panda is a parasite!
Talk of improving your website is nonsense. You were making an income from it before Panda, so why not now. Your customers weren't wrong in using your website were they? So what's changed? An anti-competitive Panda came into town and pulled down the shutters on your store and pasted a 'Closed for Business' sign on it.
And what are you doing? Sitting in the dark in your store dusting the shelves!
If what some of you are saying about recovery from Panda being unlikely to impossible is true, then Panda is a double whammy: denying you the ability to trade effectively and feeding you cynical tips on how to improve your site to recover (when it won't) which further wastes your time. Just imagine how many millions of man hours will have been wasted so far that could have been used productively in actually improving the internet experience!
With the level of global market share that Google has, they are something of an institution, that many people look to for impartial search results. With this level of market share comes a certain level of social responsibility, which is seriously lacking in this company. Just how many people has Google put out of work this year, not in the name of search quality, but in the name of greed and profit.
It is an undeniable fact that the internet would be a better place for businesses and searchers if people used a wider range of search engines, and educating people is what we must do. The first stage of that education is to make them aware of how they are being manipulated by Google and bring the Anti-Trust cases to their attention.
@Lenny - I wish I could afford to retire. My home is on the market and we've asked friends and family not to buy us presents because we cannot reciprocate. I cannot even buy for my wife and kids. I wouldn't want any of you to find yourselves in my situation.
Let's make 2012 the year that we get our eggs in more baskets! You know it makes sense.