TheMadScientist - 5:30 pm on Jan 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Doesn't mean I approve of all that they do, I certainly don't..But searchers don't care what we think..and neither does Google..or Bing for that matter..
Good points LG and I've gotta agree with the fine print, most definitely...
I know when I look to see where things are going I have to 'throw out' what I think is 'right', 'cool', and sometimes even 'ethical' and just look at the reality of a situation, which often differs greatly from 'wishful thinking' about where I would really like to see things heading.
Because G will "take all the pie" they can ( meaning most peoples traffic or revenue sources will shrink even more drastically than they maybe have )..one day
And, not only because they can, but because as a publicly traded company they have a legal responsibility to try and increase the value of their business for their shareholders, so they actually Have to 'take all the pie' they can.
One 'added point' to my previous post I'm not sure everyone knows about ... A few years ago Brett_Tabke had the nads to block gBot in the robots.txt for a while*, but WebmasterWorld didn't 'dry up', 'fade away' or 'go bust' without Google ... It continued to grow, have new members and be a place people visited and posted, which speaks volumes more than rankings ever could about the quality and importance of the site he created.
* I thought I was the only one crazy enough to try something like that lol - hat tip to Brett for not only 'taking the plunge' and giving the proverbial 'finger' to the big G for a bit, but also creating a site that's actually important to people.