Another issue is that if you're not getting traffic from Google, then you need to work it up from somewhere, but pretty much any self-promotion you do toward that goal just makes the Google situation worse. I'm not supposed to post in forums, I'm not supposed to create new blogs that link even if they have unique content, I'm not supposed to seek out linking arrangements with other sites, I'm not supposed to post linking comments anywhere lest they deem something unnatural even if I do it myself in a natural way. How in the heck is anyone supposed to find me?
Google wants you to get all of your traffic from them, and if they cut you off they want to punish you even more for seeking alternatives. Never again. I'll be doing what feels natural to me and my visitors to build and promote my website. Luckily I have built a good-sized and loyal following over the years, so I do OK even without Google, but I still need to find ways to reach new visitors. Thankfully traffic is up about 30% just from the small amount of social media work I have done in the last week. And if Google doesn't like it, I won't be losing sleep over it.