Don’t Put All Your Eggs In The Google Basket
When you blog do you blog for your readers or do you blog for Search Engines. I have noticed a lot of people who try to cram in as many keywords as possible into the title and content. Even I have done this when I first started blogging. We know that a number of people and sites have been penalised by Google for example JohnChow, text-link-ads etc for selling paid links. Quite recently a very popular and large website masternewmedia has been penalised by Google for doing paid links. This site is a premium Google Adsense Publisher and also a PR 7 blog.
A few snippets from the author’s site.
For some reason, yet unknown to us, Google has actually penalized all of my web pages, to the point that they could not be found any more for any of the terms for which they were so highly ranked until a few days ago. This is not only disaster from a standard web publisher viewpoint, but it is triple tragedy because the very visitors coming from Google, and not out of their own bookmarks or of a friend recommending them, are the very ones that make my site sustainable.
And obviously, this is so assuming these other sites also don’t get banned or penalized by Google. I am not trying to be paranoid. Fact is that there is a number of posts and articles out there that suggests in fact, that if you are linked by sites that are banned or penalized then your site as well may be penalized itself. While the logic of this is all to be understood, I link first and foremost my own other sites! Therefore it goes without even thinking that all of my sites may risk being penalized if I don’t do everything I can to put myself in safe waters.
So do you depend solely on Google for your Income? People like JohnChow still survived, because they managed to build relationships with their readers.
Remember Readership, Relationships, and Responsibility are more important than Google Juice. Google after all is just a company, they personally don’t care what happens to you. I am not trying to justify paid links (I myself took them down a month back) I am just telling a hard fact.