viral - 4:04 am on Oct 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
2012 will be remembered as the great culling of web SOHO.
i have to agree here. Google is some respects has declared war on SEO's. Initially it looked like it was aiming at Blackhats. However now it seems Whitehats have finally come into the firing line. I mean would anyone consider using and EMD blackhat?
I am starting to think Google has decided enough is enough they want no more new sites to appear on the web! and they are not going to help them! I can understand this as it is probably becoming more and more expensive to crawl all these nasty little sites that keep popping up, "although I don't agree with it".
I know sites that have had very Blackhat starts in life that now have transitioned to Whitehat who are doing perfectly fine, in these updates. I doubt you could do that now with any kind of success.
Google has moved the goal posts so many times in the last 10 years it is hard for any startup to see the light of day. Old established sites no matter how they did that establishing are the beneficiaries of this latest strategy by Google. It is almost a case if you haven't already succeeded then you aren't likely to unless you have something really exceptional on your hands that doesn't Google to get people, Ala Pinterest.
Either way you cut it 2012 is going to go down in history!