MrSavage - 9:26 am on Nov 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
I don't know about all this. Playing "politics" is part of business. In other words you can't enrage everyone all at the same time. The way I'm looking at all this is mixed. Either we have to catch on to the new techniques which will see our once proud site return to good graces, or in fact it's all a lost cause. I'm right in the middle of that.
The fact is everyone, some less, some more, are dependent on visitors coming from search. When Google is only getting more dominant, the scrutiny goes way up on them. The internet started because people got people to see their content and because the webmaster didn't need to pay to get people to their site. Google is a matchmaker. Matching your site to their inquiry. It's gotten to big and there is WAY too much money in all this now. That's the different. Money and power.
With that said, the way real life works is that people want cheap. They support the Wal Marts of the world and then wonder why all the small businesses have closed shop and went away. People don't even notice or care about those casualties. That pretty much how part of me feels about how the internet is going. This dominance can't be stopped and if it's too difficult to get that ranking, well then you close shop and hope for another Wal Mart moves into town. But still you're not competing. That's the real world.
Not being negative here. Just very up in the air on this entire thing. It seems to get crazier by the week.
Perhaps all of us suffering in the past year are simply stuck with "old school" design and SEO. If we can bow to the new wishes, do we bounce back? According to this NY Times article they make it sound like people wake up overnight and have their traffic and businesses back. How about a follow up story after the next update? Those bounce back still exist? Are those business really feeling stable now or are they getting the F out of dodge while they are still worth something? Talk to me in August and I would say this is the greatest endeavor of my life. Ask today? You're going to get pretty much a complete opposite answer. Nothing changed on my site and content but I'm out. The NY Times needs to really do a case study that looks at an extended period of time. Get the real story here. Ask the successful giant site how their traffic must be going through the roof. No, the story is always about the little guys. Well, the traffic went somewhere. How about they dig into that part of the story?
I'm going for a nice walk to cool off now.