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'new business model which is buy a Pandalised website for a knock-down price' - great phrase for people on this thread - I'm sure that will be appreciated!
Perhaps you could point us in the direction of these refurbished sites with big earnings, so that in the true spirit of webmastership, we can learn from our peers.
..while the Anti-Trust investigations may be the only opportunity there is to undermine public trust in Google and allow a proportion of searchers to use alternative engines.
acee - there is no anti-trust issue because for every website that sinks, another rises.
My advice would be to stop wasting your time tilting at windmills and start focusing on improving your website and developing other traffic streams.
Do you know why nothing happened? Because they were outnumbered by people like yourself at the time who were ranking just fine and thinking "why should I rock the boat, I might be forced to give up my rankings just to bail out these other people". You say you don't trust them and "several people on this thread don't trust them" - but none of you uttered a peep back in Feb during the first round! LOL
I doubt if Google will want to run Panda before Christmas, but I most certainly do! Now that would be a nice Christmas present - even if the results showed no improvement, at least you can try something else - I'm thinking pig farming!
Wow, not the most ethical way of doing business, though, right?
Now, if google were going around pandalizing profitable websites so the owners would go out of business, and then google were buying them up to make money off of them, well, THAT would be a story.
Did you know they deliver their spybars into user machines with every flash player update?... the option to download and install the spybar together with the browser flash player is selected by default...
Only they (and adobe) would know how many trillion times this happens every week...
Spybar installed = total machine/joe-public control !
Call me tin hat paranoid if you'de like, but sometimes i can help it getting the feeling we are dealing with a very cleaver 1000 heads slithery Snake...
Talk of improving your website is nonsense. You were making an income from it before Panda, so why not now.
There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.
— Robert A Heinlein, Life-Line (1939)
I'm pretty sure that anyone that has installed anything that includes a bundled third-party application is aware of this.
Don't be! ..... your statement shows luck of experience.
The Yahoo! Toolbar and Ask Toolbar are other toolbars that have made their way into a number of application installers that I've experienced, and they're all selected by default
I really don't see anything wrong with it.
If you can't "fix" your pandalized website, then why not sell it to someone who can?
Point to other search engines? They're not lily white either. Did you read about how Bing deindexed a bunch of Black Friday and Cyber Monday related sites...