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[webmasterworld.com] by robert_charlton - 9:21 am on Oct 17, 2013 (PST -8)
Feel free to clip this post into a new thread in a new Forum, preferably under the Google Section of the forum index.
Webmasters tend to love to get down on Google, particularly when this mega-corporation decides it can mess directly with our livelihoods and suffer no consequences as a result. So many web-businesses have become so dependent on Google's SERPS, Adsense, and other programs at this point that not only does a change in the wind in Mountain View have the potential to wipe someone out in Peoria, it has the potential to take a whole segment of the world economy with it. I hear people discussing alternatives to their addiction to Google. I see alternatives (diversification strategies mainly) being discussed in various areas of the board but nowhere it seems is there a concerted discussion on the subject of weaning oneself from the teat of this beast.
So, if Google is a problem, and if we want to do anything more than just complain about the problem, then perhaps a bit of a change in focus needs to occur here on WebmasterWorld to get the whole topic moving in a new direction.
Yes, I could start a thread titled "Breaking my Addiction to Google" but where? The subject crosses multiple topics including SEO, Adsense and Adwords. What I'd really like to see on this board is a comprehensive discussion about Strategies for Google-proofing Your/My Business. It's become that dangerous of an addiction!
WebmasterWorld, has become a safe haven where Google addicts can come and discuss their need for more Google but I think what is needed now is a 12-step program for recovering Google junkies (this self-help analogy comes from a recent search I performed on Google for local widgets that returned remote self-help programs instead).
My suggestion is to open a new Forum inside the Google Section of WebmasterWorld specifically targeting alternative strategies to a business model that will live or die on the whims of Google. I know there is a great deal of cynicism when it comes to viable alternatives but the discussion has to start somewhere before there's no one left to have a discussion with.
Yes, it's gonna take some guts for board owners to address this matter head on because it's akin to tugging at the tail of a rabid animal but someone's got to do it. There is a groundswell of voices on this board with a message that's being diluted because it's scattered around in various posts, in different threads across several forums. It needs to come together and WebmasterWorld can make it happen.
That's my humble assessment for the day. Call me CRAZY if you like.