boirun03 - 11:10 pm on Mar 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
Okay time for me to join the party. I to have a similar story to Dataguy. Started my site about 10 years ago. It was an authority in the niche and has a pretty good branding name which people recgonize if you are interested in the subject. It is mainly affiliate driven. I admit that before panda I had many pages that were low quality to gather lesser traffic keywords. But at the time it worked so... lesson learned. However even after cleaning up the site and working in original reporting/reviewing and working with other authority sites last year, last Mondays panda 3.3 took another bite, and this was after slowing getting back up in the rankings in Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb. I thought things were looking up. PR went up, authorship being applied to search results, etc... But I still have that beast sitting on the site.
So onto phase 4 I guess which is a total nuke of the site and starting from the ground up for the most part. It sounds like others have done this with success so that's the next move.
I celebrated Feb 24 2012 by accepting a position at a mid sized marketing company about 1 1/2 drive from home. I start Monday, actually just got back from clothes shopping. I don't think they prefer cut up jeans and T-shirts which was my attire for the past decade.
I look forward to the oppt even though it's much less than I can make online, but after a year of this cr*p and trying to recover I need to do something else for sake of sanity. I'm sure the experience will replace the lost income and I'll be back to full time online income no doubt by the end of the year.
Okay, end pity party. This misery fest we are gathered in should help us all deal with what it is and to find out where the cheese has been moved to.
Good luck to all of us that has to deal with this and for those that don't, appreciate every cent you make online that you don't have to pay for other than time. This is the best way to make a living and I appreciate the past decade because of Google. But this is not the right entity that we should be relying on for happiness and I also appreciate them for helping me realize that too. Talk to you all from the other side, the side where the 'man' lives.