Well after all this talk about SEO I did some searching online and I came across multiple websites that are raising the argument that Google is purposely trying to destroy small businesses.
Now this gets my alarm bells going for a couple reasons.
1. I had a very successful ebay business with 100% feedback and since 1998 and when Google Panda update came out it literally wiped it out. It wiped out many other ebay sellers in good standing as well not just me. At first I didn't know why I wasn't making any sales any longer but soon I researched it and sure enough Google Panda had hit ebay hard. Not that ebay is any angel as there was suspicion they where trying to get rid of small business too. This was a couple years ago.
2. Now I start researching and viewing multiple current websites like this one below (granted this one is 2013 so it's a couple years old but most are current)
How Google Panda Is Destroying Small Business
(Just Google "Google Destroying Small Business")
I'm very disheartened at this and in fact I was also noticing that what this link above states that when I was searching for a "local mortgage broker" or any other "local" service guess what. Nothing but big corporations come up. So it's not like I'm just reading this I am actually experiencing it.
Long term game plan?! lol it doesn't look good. Google as much as their "Do No Evil" slogan goes well they are messing with a lot of good peoples lives.
Is there any hope for us who want to follow the rules?
I sure hope I'm wrong on this. But I know the devastation I faced with my ebay business the first time around and I notice a lot of the same 'trends'.
Maybe I should stick to day trading (no search engine dependence).
That said I agree there are more ways to market your website than just search engines but SEO sure seems to be the most vital marketing method.
If I'm wrong on this set me straight by all means. Please. I'm looking for some hope here.