Google Victim Almost Commits Suicide

Sep 20, 2013 • 8:34 am | comments (44) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google PoisonOne of the sadder parts of covering Google updates is to see the fallout it has on good, honest, family-oriented people.

A WebmasterWorld thread has member Saffron joining the conversation stating that he was incredibly close to suicide when his site was hit slowly by the various Google updates.

He spoke about how close he came to taking his own life but the reasons he did not:

I can say that what happened to me this year with Google came close to suicide. I faced financial ruin. The only thing stopping me was not wanting to dump all of this onto my partner and leave my children. But there were many times I just wished I was gone. I could not cope with the desperation of not being able to pay our bills. It was horrendous. I am sorry if that breaks yet more rules or is unpalatable, but it is how it was.

He still feels he did nothing wrong and provided a good service:

I honestly believe I was just collateral damage. I had never engaged in anything dodgy on my site. My competitors were wiped out too. They just turned up the dial on a couple of "brand" sites & the rest of us lost out. The consequences were devastating.

I believe him.

But he does offer a ray of hope. That after years and years of being in this dark place, he did find another job, all while his site began creeping up again and earning some more money.

One thing, he will never totally depend on Google organic results and AdSense for income. He said:

I am sorry to anybody else who has been hit. I can say that for me, there has been a light at the end of the tunnel, and Google seem to like me again. Not so much with my competitors though. I still see them nowhere.

This is not new. Google's Penguin update led many to the same suicidal thoughts and so did AdWords advertisers who wanted to get Google's attention.

Just so sad to see this come up so often.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

This post was written earlier this week and scheduled to be posted today.

Image credit to BigStockPhoto for poison bottle

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09/20/2013 02:35 pm

I'm curious, does Google have friends left ? Like for ex. Apple has the group of loyal fans will be follow it no matter what.

Adam Heaton

09/20/2013 03:34 pm

Of course they do, anyone who's making money from Google. As soon as they drop from page 1, suddenly they become that bitchy friend talking about Google behind their backs ;)

Martin Oxby

09/20/2013 04:10 pm

This is really sad and we have seen businesses go out of business because their organic ranks plummeted either because they didn't know what they were doing was 'wrong' in Google's eyes or because the rules suddenly changed. Good business building means you don't rely on one or 2 sources for your work, but I often think that Google (by that, I mostly mean the webspam department) doesn't actually think through the impact on micro- and small businesses where every customer matters a great deal. Which isn't the case for Google. I wonder how many more people have to get to THIS point before Google start tempering their approach with a bit of heart.

Ashish Ahuja

09/20/2013 04:41 pm

I always advise my clients to diversify their traffic sources which the sun is shining (when their rankings are high). Long term dependence on search engines alone is a recipe for disaster. In this fight between google and spammers sometimes the google honest webmasters bear the brunt

Ashish Ahuja

09/20/2013 04:42 pm

that was funny lol


09/20/2013 05:17 pm

90% of Internet users still prefer Google as their search engine. My business uses Google Business tools, which we love. I have organized my personal and business life tremendously thanks to Google Drive + Google Calendars.


09/20/2013 05:20 pm

Your sarcasm is understandable, but it's totally unrelated to my question. Loyal fans are consumers, not business partners. Read a bit about marketology.


09/20/2013 05:29 pm

"99% of Internet users still prefer Google as their search engine." This is true. The question is Why do they prefer ? Are they fans or just "have no other place to go" ? I would like to see such survey ... "My business uses ..." Hm, this is interesting. Never used any of other Google services except search, adwords/adsense, analytics. How do you feel, are there a lot of business owners who use services like Drive, Calendars, etc.? Lets say, from 100 owners of the OFFLINE businesses how many ?


09/20/2013 05:32 pm

I have no idea with regards to offline businesses. I know that their business tools are relatively popular, though.

Mark A Warner

09/20/2013 05:43 pm

Been there


09/20/2013 05:49 pm

You only have to look at matt cutts to realize that yes google maybe rich but MY GOSH YOU WOULDNT WANNA LOOK LIKE THAT NOW WOULD YOU and their are people who are worse of than you maybe not in the monetary sense of the world.....He wants people to commit suicide so just like all narcissists there is less competition in the world so no compassion from google... there just immoral people. Im trying to find other ways to make money :)


09/20/2013 05:51 pm


Jitendra Vaswani

09/20/2013 06:49 pm

Just Follow the positive practices of Google algo , I am sure everybody gonna be benefited by Google. I appreciated Google for making efforts to weed out spammers.


09/20/2013 08:00 pm

this words about suicide like perfect music for G ears (less webmasters, less links, more money), they destroyed/ing millions of people (webmasters) lifes, business with animal updates and never even cares. (testing/changing search results to benefits big brands & adwords only). They penalize totally white hat sites and not cares, they testing algorithms - more and more sites tanked - they not cares. Also they forget what due to popularity of G search engine they also need to feel at least some socially responsibility.


09/20/2013 08:14 pm

lot of peoples tryed, it not work if you not have lot of money for advertising everywhere. It can work only in small niches without commercial intent, or in a funny stuff niches.


09/20/2013 08:16 pm

this small sites with good deals it direct competition with google adwords ads & scroogle ads. this is a reason - $$$$ I think they lost heart in 2012 when evil go out. crusade against "web spammers", show must go on. 8-O

Phil Singleton

09/20/2013 08:17 pm

Just read this right when we are about to post a new article about how updates can devastate small businesses...the sometimes 'throw the baby out with the bath water' and how radical updates could even have broader economic implications. Even did some custom artwork for it...check out Peng-Zilla. Stay tuned.


09/20/2013 08:29 pm

for last 2 years i think they lost all friends and trust (at least from webmasters). Surfers still don't know current situation, it why they still using their search engine, but we need to tell them (and our friends) about it. Webmasters helped google to become biggest search engine in the world, so now time to stop care about google penalties, stop following any their rules, looking for new traffic sources and write at our sites about our latest "nice" experience with G search engine (dictatorship!). Hope soon will "animal updates" for google.


09/20/2013 08:39 pm

we talking here about search engine, not about G drive or other services. 90% of users may be prefer G because they don't know current real situation (what G is not search engine anymore), don't know about other search engines (like bing/yahoo/duckduckgo), unable to change default browser (in android it can be not very easy for beginners), don't know about G dictatorship for small sites & what they now unable to find lot of useful information using G, what 90% of clicks from G search pages comes to sponsored sites (adwords/scroogle) - not to relevant sites (just ad-relevant), etc. However, according to latest poll here at SeoRoundTable, 88% of webmasters think what google lie us. so numbers in same proportion, time will show which search engine surfers will love in next year.


09/20/2013 08:52 pm

so google not have a real friends... hard destiny of search engine, need to pay to have friends, otherwise you will be enemy instantly. But here is some way, like about transparency, to explain webmasters how to change to not have their sites tanked. However google ignore it, and make only "visibility" what they are more public, more tools (which not work in normal way), "insulting" reconsideration requests (after manual penalty removed you can see what it not change your rankings), "dmoz/yandex/soon yahoo unnatural links penalties", "negative seo", "unnatural natural backlinks" - most of webmasters have seen it, etc. Really they are not give webmasters any information about this draconian panda (that what M.C. told us and posted in webmaster central it NOTHING at all, water of water (and why no panda on brands?)), constant updates, penguins, not grandfathered old rules, MC self-fish, etc. So it biggest fault of big G what they are losing friends very quickly. And that past friends will their bloody enemies in future. Webmasters see - their sites tanked, members of internet coalitions in top of organic serp with empty pages (amazon - not available products pages (and lot of unnatural paid affiliate backlinks), wikipedia - pages with 3-5 words (and lot of unnatural backlinks), youtube spammy videos (all spammy blog comments of the inet point to it) - google property, etc). Also google revenues increasing astronomically each quarter. Not need to be economist to see "who benefits from this animal updates". So now we can see how past best google friends becoming google enemies. In future that past webmasters will work in IT companies and will do everything but not buy anything from google (including adwords).


09/20/2013 09:13 pm

So are we talking about webmasters or search users? I would venture to say that 90% of search users still prefer Google, and I count myself among them. I still haven't found another whose product and results I like as much as Google's. And yes, I rely on their traffic and have my beef with how they rank my site for various terms. I also do not like how much my business relies on traffic from them. That said: it'll take quite a bit for someone to provide the level of search quality and service that they provide.


09/20/2013 09:23 pm

From searchranking_net, captions: I am here to help you........ Google inside I am here for your site rectal exam


09/20/2013 09:25 pm

post your captions!


09/20/2013 09:35 pm

if according random number generator I will find unnatural backlinks on your site...

Yo Mamma

09/20/2013 09:55 pm

Thank goodness he didn't take his anger out on those poor Google employees. Can you just imagine yet another workplace related shooting hitting American headlines. We have had enough craziness people

Yo Mamma

09/20/2013 09:56 pm

LOL rectal exam

Yo Mamma

09/20/2013 09:57 pm

Stop crying and take action


09/20/2013 09:59 pm

i am here to destroy your fin life due to "negative seo" somebody make on your site, but it your problem (anyway i cannot recognize is it negative seo or not) you not submitted reconsideration request to the king and not contacted all webmasters to remove that billion of links. But I not will kill you, you will live forever until you will click every minute on adwords ads on new G health site without sleep.


09/20/2013 10:01 pm

Users behavioral factors was very bad on your site today, so i will destroy you. (eating) chav, chav. your site place in organic serp deserve empty amazon page.


09/20/2013 10:29 pm

>>And yes, I rely on their traffic and have my beef with how they rank my site for various terms. this is answer why you love it. If something will happen with this traffic you will think by another way.


09/21/2013 12:20 am

Google = Al-Qaeda. But WORST!


09/21/2013 12:25 am

Let's start talking our friends about DuckDuckGo and the good job that Yahoo and Bing are doing.


09/21/2013 12:28 am

It is the same with people addicted to cocaine, but don't worry, there are solutions to cure addiction

Noticias de Hoy

09/21/2013 05:59 am

Googlebama policies.........


09/21/2013 10:27 am

as Jimmy implied I'm startled that some one able to profit $8133 in a few weeks on the internet. this post w­w­w.J­A­M­20.ℂ­o­m


09/21/2013 01:57 pm

Barry, can you approve my response to exGzZzgler, please?

Jitendra Vaswani

09/21/2013 07:07 pm

Hehheh Google policies are bomb :P

Deven Jadav

09/23/2013 06:09 am

That's very sad. But to all my webmaster friends,.. Think Long terms, Never Give Up, We Ourselves Lack Knowledge Sometimes, Keep Learning. Good is yet to come, Just the filter is ON.. Keep the fields clean, the crops will be liked by customers and you will sure win.


09/23/2013 06:46 am

Google is trying to kill small business so that Google can make money by adwords.

Morgan Akchehirlian

09/23/2013 09:56 am

Right and one thing more.Google also give some consideration for sites that use Google adwords in ranking also.


09/23/2013 12:03 pm

...what is more pathetic, the hyperbole in this post or the three upvotes it garnered?


09/23/2013 01:28 pm

Mmm... the fact that you give importance to it.


09/23/2013 02:26 pm

They do??!?!!?! Oh wait, that is just unfounded conjecture. Nothing to see here, same old tired excuse-making.

Morgan Akchehirlian

09/25/2013 07:23 pm

Yes right until or unless I have not tested it months back.

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