WebPixie - 4:15 pm on May 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
People look for us and our brand and if they can not find us on google then I believe that google looks bad. They want to punish us for doing what we had to do to get listed in their results but in doing so they are also punishing their users by not providing the best results.
I agree. We have one site in particular that is clearly the top site in its niche that G- has listed outside the top 100 results. While it is difficult on us we will be fine without G- traffic and 5 years from now I still expect our site to be clearly the top site in that niche.
Going after some link sellers is fine, but I do hope that G- decides to go back to focusing on delivering the best sites in its results, not just the safest sites. It seems that recently G- has been more concerned with punishing "black hatters" than delivering its users the best search results.