Sgt_Kickaxe - 10:15 am on Jan 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Fascinating thread and surely a vote on Google behaviour in the last few years as people discuss essentially doing anything but Google.....
I couldn't agree more, it definitely feels like the days of Google as an amazing search engine are dwindling, just look at the number of unhappy campers in this thread alone. The thing is nobody is asking Google to do any of this, they are doing it on their own. The best search company on the planet woke up one morning wanting to be everything but, it's almost sad to watch.
I've found success with adding forums, when visitors DO find me they tend to stick around a while. These visitors never need to visit Google to come back again and again which is great, even if Google sends forums less traffic in general. Start your own communities, it looks bad on Google to ignore you just because you do so don't worry about them.