HuskyPup - 3:36 pm on Jun 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
Like several others here I'm coming up to my 20th anniversary of SEOing, and yes, it did exist back then despite what some may believe!
There are some excellent points in this thread that Google as a company needs to address and especially so IF they expect US to co-operate and supply information free of charge to their "knowledge engine".
First of all we deserve their respect for ALL the good work we've done and from which they have earned money, let us not forget this point, without US Google would not exist ... Well, unless it only wanted to display Wikipedia, Amazon and eBay ...
The shareholders also need to understand this too since it is a "flaw" in their business model, one of expecting us to keep providing this information for free meanwhile dividends are expected to be paid whilst many webmasters are struggling to even make ends meet.
There needs to be a fundamental change of attitude by Google towards many of its information/knowledge providers and especially so towards the niche widget sites. I, for one, am 80% down from two years ago and, believe this or not, 60% since January of this year alone when the new "image whatever" was introduced.
For me now it would not make any difference if I denied Google access to my sites. At a recent very big widget trade fair in Germany I was repeatedly told that businesses were not using The Net to locate new suppliers since the results were simply awful and not credible. Amazing, it's come full circle, I'm back to face-to-face selling again.
I have one other thing to relate to whatever has happened at Google and I am totally confused by it.
Whilst in Germany I confronted the webmaster of a site that had completely scraped one of mine with many of his pages, and especially so images, having replaced mine with most of them ranking #1. His sites too had been hit by whatever's been going on, in fact he showed me his live data and he has been hit harder and my site is doing 5X his traffic!
This has left me confused, is my widget sector really doing THAT bad, have so many people stopped searching for my trade widgets? Whilst I am one of the major half-a-dozen global brands in my industry Joe Public doesn't search for my brand simply because they don't know it, however the trade come to me direct.
So ... I've lost a lot of search traffic but also the major scraper in my trade has done so, as well, yet he's still ranking at the top.
Confused? You bet I am yet Google is the only one with the answers for me, tell me Google, just had bad is the construction industry doing?