2 thoughts on “‘Google.com is blocked’—good riddance

  1. You probably don’t know the name John Chow. He was a huge blogger in the late 2000s and early 2010s. He had tons of followers, and he did what he wanted to do. So Google decided to de-index him, like it did many others (including me for a while). What did he do? He went around them, and his blog and website only got bigger. I wrote about it years ago, then repurposed it in 2018; if you’re interested, go to the middle of this article, just above the picture of the troll: imjustsharing.com/the-art-of-hype/

    In other words, if you can make yourself bigger than Google when it comes to promoting yourself and showing up higher on other search engines, you can achieve great things, and possibly get Google to play nice with you. I was never quite that big, but even now I’m more prominent on other search engines that Google; I’ll take what I can get!

  2. Thank you, Mitch, I can definitely self-promote—at one stage we were netting a minimum of an article a week in the world press as a firm. But we’ve also been de-indexed by Google—here’s one blog post (of a series) back in 2013. At the time I might have been getting more press than Mr Chow. (This blog used to be quoted in some major international media.)

    However, Google is notoriously thin-skinned, and there’s truth to what you say about making yourself big. By big I mean establishment. Instead of the scrappy independents Google used to support, it now firmly believes in the establishment, as it is part of it. But the establishment also believes people of colour should be silent, so I’ll never pander to it. My experience is that the site doesn’t even work some of the time, and its quality is clearly declining. I’m quite happy to distance myself from their sinking ship.

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