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It's a thought, but I think it comes from a webmaster-centric point of view.
The quality of Google results was already being questioned before Panda. The question for me is this: will Panda accelerate the pace of demoting Google in the public mind?
AlyssaS, I am glad you are ranking well.
It was the Mayday algo last year that hurt small folk. This one has been kinder to the little guy.
I believe in Google's goodwill on its quest for quality and I appreciate its independence in the choiches they make but no ones likes total unpredictability.
Google should be very careful on this matter
I don't think most people care or notice to be honest, unless they were affected
If Google were truly sensitive to the lives they inadvertently ruin, control, toy with every time they tweak, they would break up the company, create spin off search engines, niche engines with different algo sets and themes... and actively promote them, for the good of the everyone... but of course, that's not, going, to happen.
They already have loads of different algos operating, tailored to the niche they are serving.
The answer is not to hope and pray for external events like "more competition" to occur, but to systematically analyse what has happened and adapt, because this stuff will continue to happen on a regular basis, no matter who the dominant search engine is.
People need to start thinking about risk management and diversifying the types of sites they run - by which I mean, different niches, different linking profiles, different templates and layouts, different revenue streams, lots of different experiments.
So Maa and Paa, who've run a store selling Maa and Paa's apple widgets, who recently expanded into selling online, should suddenly diversify into microchips, or selling Thai language books, or specialist medical imaging equipment?
suppose a government did legislate to reverse Panda
would guess that their current trajectory ~ towards ever greater profits & control ~ will dominate their decision making.
Every business is--or should be--on a trajectory for greater profits. Isn't yours?
as tedster implied, so many do not understand. It's all magic to them