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Today has just been a miserable day.
[edited by: tedster at 4:05 pm (utc) on Nov 2, 2012]
[edited by: TypicalSurfer at 2:06 pm (utc) on Nov 2, 2012]
The infuriating thing with google is that people look at the sites who ARE doing well and emulate what they have done. Copy methods, backlinks etc and get penalised for that all the while, the site that they emulated sits pretty and does not get touched.
regarding "Whiners vs. Professionals"... If they know it all, why are they even reading these forums?
[edited by: backdraft7 at 3:18 am (utc) on Nov 3, 2012]
The tension in regards to google and it's motives is really just what Matt Cutts has been marinating for some time now; the notion that a person who gets up in the morning and wants to pay their bills, feed their family, be productive in their chosen endeavor is somehow "bad" for trying to "manipulate" a search algorithm. Some here are all too comfortable in adding to that particularly heinous meme when a member has a ranking issue. I assume most posting here are providing a market worthy good or service and like any other business person is in need of getting the word out, there is no "bad" in that. That is simply what we do.
Maybe webmasterworld members could take a kinder tone towards other webmasters instead of adapting the us vs. them mentality fostered by industry mouthpieces. Google has always been a social success, the problem they have now is that their core discipline has morphed into something that is at odds with most webmasters, it's probably time to recognize that.
Like others have said, I personally have no problems with "whining" - and I have even got used to hourly traffic reports. I'd rather people "info dump" than not contribute at all. I have a good handle on what's happening just by WHO is making the most noise. But I contribute less, both because there is less pay-back, and because the warm glow you get from helping people is rather spoilt when personal insults start being chucked around.
Guys, I am not trying to be rude, but the game has changed. Either play ball or go find a new job.
Will Facebook replace search? No! Can Facebook build a loyal following of readers, customers and eventually buyers who are already interested in your niche? I believe so. The difference is that with social media, you are in control. With Google, they are in control. That is why I stopped courting Google.
For what it's worth, my experience is Google's userbase has grown. I see referrals and sales growing across all my websites - as much as 150% increase since 2008.
Not sure if Google has thought through what they are doing.. They are forcing us to educate ourselves in generating other traffic. If they keep forcing us down these paths they might find themselves in a situation where they are no longer relevant to webmasters? Is that what they really want?