garyr_h - 8:30 am on Mar 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
I'm starting to look for a job now. The website itself is 7 years old and I've lived off the income from it for about six of those years.
Panda 1.0 hurt the site, but I was able to continue on. It wasn't until this past January that my income took another huge nose dive. And honestly, I can't figure out why. There doesn't seem to be a problem with the ads since my competitors are doing the same thing. There's some weird penalty on a couple of pages which were big money pages, but I can't seem to figure out why or how to get rid of it. So I have to find another job.
Sadly, I'm not exactly sure what I'll do. The money I have saved was mostly going towards my wedding, but I'll probably have to use that over the coming months if I can't find a job.
I have no real experience doing anything else, and I'm in a foreign country now, so telecommuting is really my only option and that seems pretty hard to come by. Freelance seems impossible since many people seem to want to do a job for about 1/4th the money it should actually cost.
Plus, I don't have a Bachelor's of any kind.