coachm - 5:21 am on Apr 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the kind words. I'm not throwing in the towel, though if I could sell all my sites PLUS intellectual property for enough to retire, I'd do it in a finger snap.
It'll all be there, but I can't spend the next 6 months trying to figure out what to do with this by trial and error, because google is a black box. One of the biggest business problems is that while one is dependent on google in some degree, it's impossible to have any sense of control over one's destiny because you can't know what you need to do to fix their issues.
I never thought I'd see the day, ever since my Internet presence started generating business, that I could have it all wiped out. Google is like the earthquake. When it quivers, you have no choice but to do your best, knowing that whether you survive or not is probably not up to you.
It may be possible to do business under those constraints, but I'm a little too old to live that way. My business is 20 years old, most of which with an Internet presence.
One more thing. I did everything I could to diversify my revenues from the Internet. For example, adsense once made up about 80-90% of total income from internet, and I moved that over the years so it would be less than 50%.
The thing I didn't consider that ALL Internet revenue sources would keel over and die all at once, starting almost on the same day. I'm actually more astounded than dismayed.
Anyway, it all means working with more people face to face, which, for a writer, is a good thing, since the writing process is a little isolating. I'm well positioned to earn money off the net. And it's been a long time since I did that, so maybe this will all work out for the best.