Play_Bach - 5:54 am on Aug 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
Ok, I can take a hint. Thanks to the Google zoo (and who knows what else), I've been forced to find other traffic. None of the traffic alternatives so far has been anywhere near the same level as what the search engines used to send my way, but you gotta start somewhere!
The reality for commercial sites like mine is that, if they can, the search engines want those eyeballs. Tough break if you happen to run a dictionary or wiki site for example, where Google now gives away the info for free!
Tough times for many sites, but especially tough for those sites (like mine) that benefitted from Google queries. Today it's a different ball game. Gone are the days of ever increasing search engine traffic. Now, it's a volatile state of flux with very little logic other than brand bias and AdWords spend.