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Feel Like a Panda Pinata - playing "guess what google is doing"

     
2:54 pm on Jun 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Since I've put in more than 15 years building my websites for my business, I'm still hesitant to pack it all in, which is what I'd like to do.

What gets me is the degree to which I now HAVE to write for Google, when all along, I've been writing for visitors. When most of my longer articles receive NO referrals from google and the shorter, or even ezinearticles does better (there's only a few from there from the early days, what else is there but to guess, try, guess.

I notice Google announced a platform on which to host mobile sites. Cool, I thought, although my sites function pretty well in mobile devices. Then, Um. If I duplicate my site there for mobile, then I'll have duplicates of all my sites.

Or will I?

Another. My books are published and sold through various ways. So, it makes sense, that since I get royalties from my books, that I'd link to amazon, where they are sold. But wait. Am I being penalized because I have two links that look like affiliate links to my OWN books?

So how AM I supposed to link to my books in a way that makes it most convenient for people to buy?

No idea.

I don't see how anyone can run a business over time by trying to "guess" what's supposed to be done. I'm afraid that while Google may really want to provide the best search results, I say again that there is a point where the lack of information is going to drive businesses elsewhere.

Got a call last week from adwords rep soliciting, and I put them off due to time. Today I realized I won't give them a penny to add another guessing game from Google.

I'll go to Facebook before I use adwords again.

Closing down another site today. Decided to completely suspend new web content development on all sites. Content may be king but if nobody reads it who IS the court jester.
1:34 am on July 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Improving search quality to me is a euphemism for driving advertisers to spend more on Google to survive. I'm seeing huge shifts of spend from where i sit with decisions to split from SEO by Panda effected big business'. Isn't that what Google wants?

...Best we focus on how to go forward with Google.
Adwords account to become a "brand"? Ride the wave while you can I guess.

Imagine Larry going to the investor conference: "Sorry investors but we tried this new thing, it will be great eventually but we made a $ billion less this quarter." Yeah, like a $170 Billion corp will take such drastic moves in the dark without knowing how it will end for them.

So, it's not over for you then?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=958GzzqgWnw&feature=player_detailpage#t=56s
1:36 am on July 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Nice.
1:51 am on July 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=958GzzqgWnw&feature=player_detailpage#t=56s

I don't think Al Pacino's going to kill you for your mistakes. Google may...
2:06 am on July 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I don't think Al Pacino's going to kill you for your mistakes. Google may...

I've been making a living online before Google showed up and will probably be doing so long after discussion on Google SEO News and Discussion dies out.

Every dog has his day, as they say, it doesn't pay to be cocky. At least wait a few more updates
2:16 am on July 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm not cocky. Nor do I let wild, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that are nearly rants go without a word.
2:32 am on July 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We're just retreading old ground now - the thread's locked.
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