CaptainSalad2 - 10:56 am on Aug 15, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: CaptainSalad2 at 11:20 am (utc) on Aug 15, 2013]
I think we are both designers/developers who can probably tell at a glance if a site is quality or not. It truly makes me want to heave when properly crafted and published websites are beaten back by pure garbage, not “meh” sites, “pure garbage”! If it was a professional website above my sites I could be like, yea that’s a good site, I need to work harder, build better… But I can’t even do that…. 3 years of university studying on the importance of website accessibility/ usability, web standards, and 10 years of experience in the field (and I’m still learning daily) and it seems I can’t compete with drag and drop” wysiwyg html editors” in terms of quality in Googles eyes. Even now refusing the content of clients (because they write poorly) and paying a professional content writer isn’t enough lol
Had a client phone me yesterday to ask why his competitor’s site that he built himself (probably in 90’s Microsoft publisher) and fails every website test known to man continues to outrank his custom site carefully crafted in everyway possible.
I just keep it real with my clients and say “I just don’t know anymore”, the only thing the competitor site has is 209 backlinks from hundreds of pages on a spamy directory… So I tell him this is everything Google is against and it’s not something I would do, “so whys google not de ranking him higher”? I don’t know I tell him, there’s no quality signal of any kind going on there..
Everything on paper said to me that PANDA and Penguin should have helped real web designers/SEO concentrate on creating amazing websites with amazing content but it hasn’t happened.
>>>If a young person asked me if it was worth going into web design or anything related to it, I'd be polite (resist from laughing out loud) and simply tell them NO.<<<
You just can’t compete now with all the outsourcing and build websites for “free” with drag and drop, its hard to explain to someone who isn’t in the field the importance of quality and to the layman they think these free DIY/outsourced cheap and nasty sites look good, and right now google SERPS would agree with that!
I feel better for the rant, back to working on my own projects from here on, working for clients, SEO wise, looks to have a very short shelve life now IMO
These updates should be pushing people to push the web forward by building better/faster/responsive websites, its going backwards right now by rewarding crud.
[edited by: CaptainSalad2 at 11:20 am (utc) on Aug 15, 2013]