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Google hates me

Posted by on May 15, 2012 |

Google hates me

Google hates me.

Who knew that the algorithm of a computer brain could wreak havoc on a micro business?

Well, it happened. And it happened to me, a micro business. And I swear that I am 100% whitehat with no bad practices.

It looks like Google has officially put me out of business the old fashioned way; organic searches.

My maternity photography site, formerly known as Maternitybykoren, had enjoyed seven solid years of top-ranking positions for all the key word searches for what I do.

No more.

Now I’m on page 5 or page 12, depending on which analytic you trust.

I may as well be invisible.
Google hates me

So today I absolutely burst into tears looking at the statistics. Web traffic is down officially almost 30%, but if you look at that graph, it looks a whole lot more like 70%.

So what does a tiny, micro business that is highly specialized on just one thing do when Google decides you’re history?

Cry. And then I went to lunch at the Four Seasons with a dear old friend and had a lemon martini. Then I went to Bergdorf’s to look at shoes (something I’ve only done once before) where I observed a beautifully put-together woman of about 60 buy three pair of flats and a pair of heels in three different colors in the Manolo Blahnik section. Then I strolled over to Petrossian and bought a double chocolate, pecan cookie for $3.50.

And then I cried again on the way home. Looks like I’m starting over from scratch. Looks like I have to build a business the old-fashioned way – meeting people face to face. The thought is crippling.

But when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I’m not going to cry any more after today. Tomorrow is a new opportunity to re-invent myself. Wish me luck.