superclown2 - 1:12 pm on Sep 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Having been in business for more than 45 years I've built up a number of them just to see them collapse, sometimes almost overnight, because of factors beyond my control. Each time, many of us adjusted to the new conditions and prospered even better. My online business was destroyed by Google too, but again like many others I'm now getting back to where I was by sheer dogged hard work and I am confident of the future. We can adapt to Google because ultimately, unlike governments, they cannot make us do what they want us to do. Fall in line with Google quality standards? Why not. Mass produce thousands of spammy sites with paid links? Yep, if we have to. Give up? Never. Google, unlike the government, can't throw us in gaol if we break their rules. If the regulators get their teeth in too firmly and too many shackles are placed on the only search engine that really matters right now, the web could become a spammer's paradise with those of us in Europe and the Americas forced to bow to to all sorts of compliance regulations whilst the rest of the world with weaker or less 'ethical' governments is allowed to run riot. Let us not wish our own destruction upon ourselves.