NickandSara - 2:47 pm on Nov 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
As has been rightly pointed out, those who make a good living from Adsense "keep it to themselves".
Right place at the right time, how true. I would suggest that if you attempted to start a free jobs site or free dating site today, you might just realise that Google Local would make it near on impossible. Surely jobs and dating are location based and this means that even being number 1 in the organic results would put you below the fold in many many cases today.
Personally I feel Googles' "omnipotent" stance today makes them a very dangerous force indeed. They can make and break businesses in seconds, without a care in the world, and they do. The principles that the 2 founders believed in are all but gone, and a once great idea and concept has been turned into a corporate money making monster.
Google does not want to make you rich, it wants it all to itself. If you make money it wants to get rid of you and make it for itself. So here's to worlds big scrapper site, cheers Google. Quickly becoming the "Jack of all trades, master of none".