Okay, londrum, but also in any other business you do things like 'feasibility studies' and 'business plans', 'budgeting for marketing', 'raising capital' and you really think through the viability of what you're doing, because it's a huge investment, and you actually have to make more than a $50 investment to get started.
IMO most people skip all the important stuff when they come to the web, depend solely on free traffic and then complain when it dries up... And, the biggest problem with the web is it's TOO EASY to get involved and people take the 'lazy approach' to 'running a business', which means, to me, it's not really a business.
How much room is there for 'new ideas' to be present?
How many people can claim they actually do something unique no one else is doing?
There are plenty of people already in the most areas and if people don't do their homework and figure out exactly what they're getting into and don't realize there are no guarantees for free traffic from any search engine and plan to exist without the free traffic, then IMO they have no business calling what they run a business, because the people who do not know or fully understand the way the web works or plan to exist without free traffic are running a charity, again IMO. There is NO entitlement to putting up a site and being able to make money from it. NONE WHATSOEVER. And, if people don't do their due diligence prior to starting what they like to refer to as a business then who's f****** fault is it? IMO It's theirs, because they have NO PLAN for long term viability.
IMO you're making it sound like people are somehow entitled to be able to run a 'business' on the web when many (most?) who do would not be qualified to run a B & M business. The bar is being raised and the 'free spots' are generally filled, and it's the responsibility of the person starting the 'business' to do their due diligence prior to starting the 'business' or they have no business calling it a business and they are not any more entitled to make money from their lack of knowledge or planning than the person who's trying to start a B & M business without doing their homework.
If someone built an unknown Mom & Pop sandwich shop in the same 6 business 'strip mall' as Quizno's, Subway and Sub Shop they'd be called stupid when they failed, and IMO the same type of person with the same lack of planning is no more entitled to have a successful 'business' when they build a site that already exists or is in an area already covered... If they did their due diligence they might realize they have to be (or will soon have to be) 'elite' at what they're doing to compete and think twice about quitting their day job.
It's a lack of thought and planning IMO that's the issue, not Google.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 2:14 pm (utc) on Jul 16, 2010]