explorador - 5:13 pm on Jun 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thanks hitchhiker for taking the time. I fully agree, too many points to quote.
I believe many webmasters were doing their thing, it was about content, design and the reader. SEs gained relevance but suddenly G got in the middle, it became about "what G wants" and then we just don't know what's going on but (1) G is still in the middle. I'm up to trying to understand before fixing things but now (2) is like gyppo says, sadly.
(3) hitchhiker: Do we need, as a community, to establish better dialogue with Google? If so, a proper way to do that. To keep the signal to noise ratio down. Real Googlers participating, hundreds (not 2). I believe some inside the web-spam team might agree, please speak up.
While I agree on that, I'm concerned on how this becomes 1 + 2 +3: now let's work for G. I don't like that.
Whitey: With 500 algo changes a year[...]
Terrifying, everything needs stability, even this. I don't want to sound like ranting but I would like to see people droping G for a while (I previously said "a day without G", perhaps a month to let them know the message: stop playing with the algo. Because at this stage that's what it seems to me, but the dependency many have relating G is huge in many cases.
@chrisv1963: I relate to that part of % (content and seo) now G add 80% of guessing what the game is about.
Mobile, traffic, organic, searches... etc. G is trying to see every search as a business, someone buying something (take a look at Adsense), that's wrong. Many mobile searches are just trivial, just because it's there at hand. And amen to the white whale. What's a search engine? indexing, finding relevance on the data regarding the search, etc. But G is trying to decide what's good and what's not good, specially what suppose to be good for us. When we search widgets we are not asking G to tell us what widgets they like the most.
I only hope G takes this seriously, I mean Webmasterworld and it's authority as a forum-community because this is not a group of people playing or scrapping.
I just say: stop playing with the dice G and stop trying to figure out what's best for people, what's suppose to be a good looking website (while we receive contradicting suggestions from you) focus on the algo.