incrediBILL - 1:22 am on Jun 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
but as a webmaster who needs traffic, blocking google is suicide. in that sense, they have a monopoly.
They don't have a monopoly just because most webmasters have a bad traffic strategy.
Learn how to generate traffic without using Google, it's not that hard or even complicated.
They owe you nothing, not a single visitor nor a single penny.
Nor are they the only source of traffic, not even close.
Many ways to generate traffic that don't have the letter G involved and some are actually more profitable as it's quality over quantity. However, I will obviously admit that without getting a good Google placement you aren't getting as much traffic as possible but it's far from the end of the world.
Then again, only 10 sites can get prime organic placement and thousands compete for that placement on most high paying keywords so what entitles any one site over any other site? Nothing. Therefore relying on Google is a bad idea and again, they don't owe anyone anything.
as an everyday user, okay, i can forget about google if i want, switch to other companies, and be perfectly happy. but as a webmaster who needs traffic, blocking google is suicide.
It's far from suicide, just not prudent, at this time...
Thing is if everyone in your niche blocks them, customers can't find anything in Google and they go elsewhere, so breaking the so-called monopoly is as simple as removing the content.