Has Spammy Content From Others in Google Ruined a Webmaster's Livelihood

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Barry Schwartz has written a piece about an observation in the WebmasterWold Google update thread that a webmaster has lost their livelihood over spammy sites ranking above their quality site.

What we don't know is how spammy is spammy, or whether there are errors in the webmaster's own SEO activity, or a bit of both. Clerarly, whatever Google has changed has had an impact, and it could, of course, just be a temporary glitch while Google's indexes are refreshed.

Either way, there's still a great reliance on ranking in Google for traffic, and a change in ranking can easily cause more than just a loss in traffic, but a loss of business.

https://www.seroundtable.com/webmaster-loses-everything-google-24189.html

https://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4856114.htm