BeeDee, I said nothing about you, your business, or your honesty with yourself. I know absolutely nothing about your business, nor do I care to, but I do know that if I was building a business that was completely dependent on one singular source for getting customers, and I didn't control that source, I would not be in that business. There's only one business that I know of that would rely on Google to stay in business and that's seo for google search results and even that business does not need to be dependent on traffic from google.
google is a business, google as a business needs to continue to make money, google knows (thanks to us) the best businesses to get into to grow and make more money. There's a pretty good chance that within the next 5 years google will be in direct competition with at least 20% of the businesses that currently get their customers from google. That does not bode well for those who have set their businesses up depending solely on google.
if google went away tomorrow would your customers cease to exist? if not than you are lying to yourself about google being your only available source of customers. I'm not saying that you didn't set up your business to be dependent on google but that's your fault, not google's.
@limishawn, with respect your answer to life is, "have you tried Adwords lately?". Afterall if you expect an online business to be found, how you going to do that without a bit of organic traffic? Oh, what organic traffic? That online business needs ads for traffic then! Hooray! You are confusing "dependent on Google" to mean "dependent on the internet". It's a persons fault as an example, that their business (like a restaurant or shop) depends on the economy to succeed or fail? Some businesses depend on a health economy. It's idiotic to play the shame card on that type of business. I'm being polite to say idiotic to think that way but I'll leave it at that.
The key here is, it's all about "pay to play". That way there is no guilt about taking the organic traffic from the average joe out there. There is always that easy argument and I'm quite sick about hearing it quite frankly.
The fact is Google could do themselves very good if they put a single text ad below the bar. Just rotate what service or product they provide (for profit) and it's very good for the shareholders. I would imagine though, if Google sold what you sell, and they put a link up there to their store, you might feel a bit different about it. Either that or guys like (you know who you are...) are going to say it's your fault for going into business with a product or service that someone like Google has. It's your fault for not realizing that Google was going to sell that product or service! Really?