backdraft7 - 6:54 pm on Aug 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
I realized how much I thought like google or they thought like me (years ago). They used to produce very accurate results, amazingly so even. I realized I could work within their philosophy easily and build effective sites while relying on them to bring seekers of knowledge to meaningful content.
Amen to that brother!
I feel the same way. When Cutt's makes a comment like he did, we know the dark days of oppression are upon us. I used to feel like Google was a partner too and they sure did produce great results back then.
We made our brand, earned the trust, we played the game right and were ranked accordingly, but suddenly, perhaps because a few bad apples ruined it for us all, we are now all thrown into the same "bad" basket and have to start over with a completely new set of rules. Google seems to be paranoid of their own users, including the ones they "used to like", so it's hard not to feel betrayed and definitely hurts the pocket book.
I guess it's Google's playground now and if you don't bring enough marbles, you're out. Bring on the next iteration of Penguin and put us out of our misery already.
As far as keeping it on topic...how do you do that when you don't even know what the topic is? Nobody really understands Penguin, so why speculate? Matt implies it's doom, so doom it is.