As a person who makes her living on the internet, I realize that Google is an important part of my financial bottom line. Google drives traffic to my sites/blogs, which translates to income in my pocket. Sounds fair enough if you follow the rules.
There is just one problem. Google can change the rules at any time and there is nothing you can do about it. Every internet marketer, website/blog owner or anyone who has earned money on the internet for an extended period of time is aware of this fact. It’s a financial tightrope that we all walk on. You never want to look at your stats to see that Google has stopped sending traffic to your sites.
Well I got to say, at this moment, I am breathing a big fat sigh of relief. I have found that over the past few weeks, Google has stopped sending traffic to one of my sites (Google giveth and Google taketh away). This is not a good thing because that particular site brought in more money than all of my other sites/blogs combined .
My sigh of relief is because I no longer have to worry about how I will survive if Google turned it’s back on me. I’m not sure whether or not it’s an algorithm change or just that Google decided that I had been having too much fun or what, but my site is no longer receiving the traffic it used to attract from Google.
Having gone through Google fluctuations before, I started doing things a little differently. The first time it happened I panicked because I thought I had done something wrong. I later found out it wasn’t my site, or me it was a Google algorithm change. The second time it happened, I was a little better prepared but I still sweated bullets.
This time, the longest of the Google traffic diet. All I can do is continue doing what I know to do; keep writing quality content, get backlinks and work on optimizing my sites.
To make up for the drop in income, I use my time a little differently. I spend a little more time working my active income sources and a little less time on my passive income sources. Either way, I cannot let Google stop me from reaching the goals I’ve set for myself.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Thanks Google. I no longer have to worry about the ‘worst case scenario.’ Thanks for the big fat sigh of relief.