realmaverick - 11:46 pm on Mar 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
I appeared to completely avoid any negative effects from Panda, with my 4+ year old website, until February of this year. It coincided with 2 events; 1. A message inside GWT, claiming my Wordpress was out of date and vulnerable, but I don't use Wordpress. 2. The above the fold update. My website is similar to DeviantArt and thin in textual content, it would be unfair if I've bit hit by this, but I'm guessing I have.
It's resulted in a daily loss of 8,000 visitors, which is quite significant. Not only has it had a massive impact on my revenue but it's also impacted all of the people who work for me. All of their hours have been dramatically cut and thus the website development has slowed significantly.
We're now worrying about making ends meet and I'm having to take on clients to make up for the loss, meaning even less time developing the website I have dedicated the past 4 years of my life to.
I want out. I'm tired, tired of Google, their updates, the instability, the worry.
I want to sell up and work on some projects away from the web, where I have more control over my business and my families security.
I have a potential buyer from a venture capitalist who contacted me last week. If we strike a deal, I'll be out for good.