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[edited by: tedster at 2:47 pm (utc) on Mar 1, 2013]
Is anyone seeing movement on forum sites?
Heard the BBC got slapped with an unnatural links notice
You hire journalists from Contently paying $3000 - $4000 per white paper they research and write for you to make sure users and Google are happy.
The idea that "even big brands get penalised" (so there is nothing wrong with what Google are doing) is an interesting way to spin this story.
All the commentary refers back to a single post that may well be genuine, but I can't yet find any external verification.
If it is as reported, then it isn't a sign of Google's equanimity: it is proof that their penalty crusade is ill-conceived.
I can attest to what Turbocharged has said. When the first Panda hit I lost 75% of our overall traffic, in one evening. I had 15 employees at the time working full time. I was desperate to find out what was going on... was it a mistake... would it "bounce back"... Should I keep my employees or let them go. Eventually over a 4 month period I let go of the employees as it became apparent as to what was happening. In the meantime I emailed / posted on their forum / asked Google employee friends of mine... and not a single shout out from Google as to what was happening. I ended up spending most of the business savings keeping employees for longer than needed in the hopes that "google would come to their senses..."
I'm not blaming Google. I don't have the notion that Google should be responsible for the well being of myself, my employees or my business decisions... and the whole affair is water under the bridge as far as I'm concerned... But, this talk that "brands" don't get preferential treatment... yet get responses from Google... is salt on the wound as far as I'm concerned.
As far as whether or not Panda has run yet... My guess is NO. Even though Rusty Brick is already calling it... I don't see enough movement on our end to claim it.
@backdraft7 we had 7 + subcontracted companies for design and big coding jobs. I was going to take on an extra 3 writers until the naughty Panda came along. Sales, warehouse manager, writers, tech guy for the server, etc. I even had a business mentor.
All gone now, gave them all 3-4 months notice, like @Lenny2 did.