caribguy - 7:48 am on Feb 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
From Lame Wolf's link, and quoting the illustrious Mr Frind:
Forums like webmasterworld are certainly interesting as you have a lot of Type 2's data mining type 1's for ideas. :)
There are many ways to skin a cat. My feeling is that a lot, if not all of the regular posters (including me) are just as opportunistic as the neophytes whose goal is to subsidize Bubba's beer. Evidently, we're a bit more sophisticated in terms of how we interpret the data (there is more information available to us to compare rumors and random findings with). And maybe more importantly, we (I at least) have independently developed a whole array of specific resources that we use in our decision making process.
Over time, and building upon experience I'd say that many are bound to become type 2's...
Give a type 1 guy the beer money, before long you will be able to buy the bar.
Edit: to wrap up the unfinished thought...
The same principle applies when discussing either Adsense revenues or ranking losses: while it might feel nice to vent about the big bad Google when you suffer a setback, and even though it's useful to compare notes - it might just be more productive to analyze the situation using introspection.
Take a step back and look at your wonderful sites. What are your visitors looking for? Is there maybe a better way to give them what they want? How would someone look at what you have to offer when they have never visited your site before?
When an algo change takes place or when EPC's get shuffled around, Google might just have put on a fresh set of goggles. No matter whether its vision is temporarily blurred (or appears to be from your perspective), does your site still look as appealing?