dataguy - 1:16 pm on Mar 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
I had actually forgotten about all the naysayers that come out when something like this is posted. I think it's a by-product of people assuming that everyone else's website is just like their own. And we all know what happens when we assume.
As for diversifying, I've built over 200 websites in the past 10 years, probably closer to 300. And these aren't cookie-cutter templates, they are pretty much all unique.
I agree with Netmeg when she refers to the website owners who refuse to try to leverage the latest trends like social media. A website owner who won't adjust to new technologies is an oxymoron in my book. I've got Facebook apps, twitter apps, iPhone apps and Android apps. I don't want to use Facebook, I want to own the next Facebook.
I doubt that there are very many here who are more diversified than I am.
Another clarifying note: I've had a few private conversations with a few people who have participated in this thread. Of those willing to compare notes, my Panda-hobbled site is earning more than anyone else's site is earning. Some have expressed shock at how well my site is doing. If I didn't have 2 kids in college and a house remodel underway, I wouldn't need my day job.
Some have said that they believe Panda is just a 'normalizing' of the results. This may be true and I can't help but wonder if my site will continue to earn at the current levels for years and years to come. If so, after the kids are out of school, I'm sure I'll go back to working full-time on my own projects.