dickbaker - 3:47 pm on Aug 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
My site was one that got really trashed on 2/24/11 and never recovered, despite efforts on my part.
I've spent the last several months working on a new site. It should be live soon.
I've stayed away from the Google forum, but I don't know why. Maybe because I'm bitter, and just didn't want to hear about Google's antics.
I'm half tempted to just say "screw you" to Google, but I know I can't do that.
Aside from building a quality site with good navigation and content (ecommerce, so I won't be writing NY Times columns), I'm wondering if there are steps that MUST be taken to assure that Google doesn't punish a brand new site.
I'm giving serious consideration to not installing Analytics, Webmaster Tools or other Google doo-dads on the site, but just using advertising and promotions to draw traffic. In my niche many of the top-ranking sites don't seem to be optimized for Google at all, at least not that I can tell. I just looked at the source of one of the top-ranking sites, and there's no Analytics or Adwords code.
At any rate, I welcome any comments about what a new site owner should or should not do.