johnhh - 12:28 am on Sep 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
I’m UK based as well, and I will be off as well if things don’t improve by the end of October. Had enough of Google’s arrogant “do this” “do that” and the last straw was the “fill in the form if your small website should do better”.
Back a few years I was only too happy to help out, now they can stuff it.
I don’t have Google’s billions, but a quick look at Bing or Yahoo would give them the answer in 5 seconds !
We have been online since 1997 and this last update has taken me from just surviving to not surviving.
Panda is a joke, Penguin is a joke. I do know that some here work in SEO, I wonder how effective they are, probably not very.
I got killed basically on 12th April 2011, it cost my employees their jobs, which was not nice, and it has been downhill since then but this September update is about it for me.
Google doesn’t care, they are too busy calculating the value of their share options.
Cleaning sites is an utter waste of time, we have NEVER purchased links, we have links from the BBC, national newspapers, Wikipedia citations, etc and what do you get in the results, Wikipedia and Google’s American corporate brand friends.
I actually happen to know, from an inside source at a major brand it’s spend $x million on Adwords and Google will help you in the natural SERPS. I look forward to a denial from Google.
Writing new content is a waste of time, re-designs are a waste of time. I have gone to being very popular one day to nowhere the next. I even get emails from people who look forward to our emailed newsletters !
Don’t be diverted by popular co.uk web site names, it probably is American owned or financed if you look hard enough.
And the icing on the cake, Google is building a new HQ in London, with money they didn’t have to pay corporation tax ( nor do their their buddies ) like we have to. No doubt they will proclaim the building as being Irish !
So I will be off soon I expect, two and a half years of hard work improving our main site, missing 3 summers, and nothing to show for it – waste of time.
@ohno and @BeeDeeDubbleU I hope it all works out for you. Our only hope is that the privacy and tax problems will make them rethink, but I doubt it, the population in the UK is the same as California but the UK is their biggest non-US market which shows how dominant they are.
Just one final thing, it not just me, it’s my UK based competitors as well.
bet this don't get past the mods for Google bashing, but it's reality