I'm not asking anyone to reveal their SEO techniques, but honestly the message I've gotten in 2013 from Google is to just give up on ranking my own websites and go to where the traffic already is. The money I'm making on online marketing is through selling on Amazon -- products or Kindle, selling on Ebay, selling on Audible, selling (a bit) on Facebook. Website revenue from product sales or Adsense is horrible this year.
In a related topic, I got an email saying:
We wish to thank you for linking to our site http://www.xxx.com/ from http://your_six_year_old_blog_where_we_guest_posted.com. Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that this link is against Google's Webmaster Guidelines.
It is important for us to bring our site into compliance, as we have been contacted by Google.
Please add a rel="nofollow" or remove our link from this page and any other page on your site. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Huh? Google contacted a webmaster to get the link from MY website removed? So this company which had paid someone to write a nice content-relevant guest post is now paying someone to track me down and asking me to REMOVE the link they once wanted?
I'm going to honor such requests just based on personal politeness, but I am astounded that people are basically now undoing what they did last year to try and appease the great Google god. Personally, I give up. I love Google for searching, but only because it gives me the needle in the haystack. As a website creator I denounce the Google dance, slap and other sadistic actions and no longer want to play the game.
Am I the only one?