Scurramunga - 12:45 am on May 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
For G to even contemplate a move that sees webmasters punished for people exercising their right to use hyperlinks just staggers me. All this is solely to compensate for flaws in their search algorithm and their drug like dependence on links as a measure of quality.
I haven't posted here for months although I still do lurk quite a bit, but in all honesty I have completely abandoned the concept of seo or webmaster guidelines and now do what my users need and want and to hell if anyone, G included doesn't like it.
I couldn't agree more. Google started off by placing importance on the occurrence of backlinks in the search equation. Now Google wants to control the occurrence of backlinks in the search equation. How inorganic is that?
Once upon a time, my main site saw a reasonable flow of traffic and a reasonable Adsense income. Now, I do not have any of these things. Although my site has never existed as a spam site, I did clean up anything which could be deemed as over-optimisation after reading forum posts, watching Matt Cutts videos etc, but the numbers haven't returned.
Sink or swim, I draw the line here. I will NOT chase up those who backlink givers whom I have no control over. I am over it. I would rather spend my energies attracting quality social media traffic and maybe this is the going to be the way of the future. In any case, whatever the way, it can't be any more volatile than Google.