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What Would Happen if Google Shut Down? Would TSHTF?

What Would Happen if Google Shut Down? Would TSHTF?

By Pat Flynn on

I remember back when I was in middle school, my dad would sometimes come home from work and talk about how he “Googled” something. I had no idea what he meant,  so I looked up “Googol” in the dictionary (from the bookshelf in my room) and found that my Dad was doing something related to “The number 1 followed by 100 zeros.” I still didn’t know what he meant. This was before Google really became what we know Google to be today.

Today, Google is a part of each and every one our lives, and it’s something that we definitely take for granted. The power of being able to get traffic to our websites and businesses through keywords; the power to target customers with the use of Adwords; the power to make money via Adsense on our own websites and eHow. It’s truly amazing, but it’s truly scary too. I was thinking…what would happen if Google just dissapeared?

If Google disappeared, so many businesses and families would be affected, including my own. It’s crazy to think about, but it’s true. Google has the power to change lives. For example, if someone on Google’s end decided to not include my websites in their search engine anymore, I’d be screwed. On the other hand, if they decided to put all of my websites as the top ranking for all keywords in the world – I’d be filthy rich.

I know Google is more than likely going to be around for the rest of my life in one way, shape or form (like a wave?), but am I being ridiculous when I ask you if doing online business for a living is too risky? Is it crazy to rely so heavily on just one entity like this? We all know it’s good to diversify, but while doing online business, can we really be diversified?

I’m not doubting whether or not I should continue online business and relying on Google – because I will. They are a tool that has revolutionized the way we live. I love Google, and I hope they continue to love me back.

This was just a random post during a break while I’m writing my new eBook. It’s about 90% finished – I just have a few more pages and then I’m going to make it look pretty 🙂

Anyone have any thoughts about this post? I’ve love to hear what you think.

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