I left this forum quite a while ago as I had better things to do than have arguments with Google fanboys. I've skeeted through recent posts & it is apparent Google is on a mission. What that mission is exactly is anyone’s guess but after 11 years in business I no longer what to be involved in the sorry state that is the Internet today.
Back in 2000 the Internet was a game changer for people who wanted to start up in business. You didn't need thousands of pounds to start up your dream, you just made a website & tweaked it to improve things. You could see results, not instantly, normally it took a month to appear in the SERP's, remember those days?! These days you can't even dictate what page title appears in Google's results-they do that for you!
I keep reading "Google can do what they want" & "It's their search engine". Well, of course, this is 100% true. However, if you think the world will be a better place when it is run by huge corporations that have more power than any government on Earth then I wish you luck. Since May 2010 I have seen my revenue decrease little by little, some Monday's I DREAD waking up for fear of what I will see in the coming week. This reached an all time low around September 5th this year. Two websites that have generated income have all but gone, they maybe get a few hits each day from repeat customers or foreign visitors who probably can't find what they want in their country.
At the same time I can see the SERP's full of eBay & Amazon results. There are those on here that say "don't rely on Google". That's very easy to say when in the UK the Internet IS Google. "Google it", "Search on Google", "Found you on Google", "Saw your website on Google" etc etc. I've also read with interest posts by people who think they have achieved something by changing X Y & Z because the Google love has come back to their website (for now!). At the same time I know I have done NOTHING & seen the same gains at the same times.
The latest kick in the #*$! was the form tweeted by Matt Cutts asking about smaller websites that should rank better. Do you honestly think Google do not already know this? Google Shopping is 100% paid for now after years of being "free", what a fool I was do give them (G) all that free data. All I see now on Shopping is eBay sellers shops.
Then they have shutdown Google Checkout, not too bothered as sales via that gateway were few & far between to say the least, however, yet again, I've given them the free data they so wanted. Prior to that announcement it seems they were testing again as we had a run of sales via Checkout! Coincidence? Paranoia?
Will I now be removing all Google apps like analytics from my websites? No, it's too late. The sites are dead. Is it worth trying to please Google? No. After 11 years I'm calling it a day, I don't know what I can now do but I'll find something. It sure as hell won't be anything related to the Internet though! The writing was on the wall back in May 2010, that is when I first knew the good times would be coming to an end. The only surprise is it has taken this long.
Good luck everyone, it's been a blast but it's with tears in my eyes that I finally go offline. What a #*$!ty world eh?
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:42 pm (utc) on Sep 12, 2013]
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