I remember in my early days of Internet marketing when Google did a big update at the time. The same EXACT questions were being asked then. I was new to the biz and rightfully scared with all the talk about the "death of Internet marketing".
Since then however, I, along with many of my online friends and students, have generated many hundreds of thousands of dollars of income via the organic search results.
(Remembering my early days and realizing the sky did not fall during any updates makes Panda a lot less scary.)
Here's an important point ALL new marketers should remember during this time:
Let's take a group of 100 beginning Internet marketers today and follow them for 3 or 4 years. Even with the Panda update, 2 or 3 in that group might achieve fairly good success within several years.
Now, let's pretend the same group of 100 begins right now...but the Panda update never happened. In fact, no significant update happens for 3 or 4 years that stirs things up. Still, after that time, only 2 or 3 people in that group will have relatively good success. (In fact, probably the same 2 or 3 people from each example!)
What I'm saying is this:
Internet marketing is not dead. But it's not static either. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow. By the same token, what was unimportant yesterday may be a vital piece of the success puzzle tomorrow
Those who become (or remain) successful several years from now will do so simply by adapting to the changes required.
What are your questions or thoughts about this?