Saffron - 9:46 pm on Jun 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
I live in hope, Awarn. My main angle is that if we are noticing (and we would be the first, as it affects us), it's only a matter of time before the public notice, and if they are frustrated by poor search results, and one or two sites dominating above the fold, they will do as my friend did, and start using another search engine. It may not happen of course, would be nice if it does. I do believe people are bound to start noticing how awful the search results are soon enough.
I do agree with you about not relying on Google. BIG eye opener there. My focus was purely Google and not other ways to bring in traffic (I have said before that I have NEVER spent a second trying to build links, I figured if people like the site, they will link to it). I'm still not really sure how social media fits in. My main site has a page with 780 users. Probably 30% are regulars from my forums, others have found the FB page. I guess I should plug the site more on FB instead of just engaging with them. I find that side of things all a bit painful. I just like writing articles, not schmoozing.