adamxcl - 10:14 pm on Mar 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the real life and positive attitude post. I'm sure Google has taken a hit in the pocket and stock price because of these updates so I'm not entirely sure it was worth it. If I could see a difference, I might say "okay, I understand." Search results are terrible being filled with big brands showing up for specific searches they have nothing to do with. I have to go several pages in to even start to find an answer. They only hurt the economy since more people with money are better than a few brands with more sitting in a bank.
G still bugs me every few days wanting me to put more ads on my website while they pay me 20% of what they did last year on the same traffic. If they want more money, just put me back where I was and people were happy, saying positive things. For me, it seemed like the traffic shifted overall. Some sections up in traffic while others, the money areas, are down. It getting closer to the point where I want to say screw it and pull them from everything, Adsense, analytics, email, maps, apps and all associated stuff down. Either replacing it with something else or just being happy to be free of it.
So the priority is to take control of everything that I can...which goes back to basic fundamentals...building customer word of mouth and direct interest. That effort has brought Google down to impacting about 60% of my revenue, instead of 85% like it was.