This isn't all targeted at the OP btw, just more/less in general.
But why does the argument always have to be:
EMD vs. Brand
Shouldn't it be more like:
Build a Sustainable Business vs. Everything Else
Not to downplay the fact that people were hurt financially from the update(s), but
maybe people should start asking how to build a business that helps people and that
other people (your visitors) actually give a shit about. Then you might not need
Google as much.
Instead of asking:
* How can I game Google today?
* Should I build a mini site, medium sized site or super sized site?
* What anchors should I use?
* What link building tactics should I use?
* How do I fix a penguined, ottered or sakied site?
Maybe ask your visitors what they need help with. If you have a Facebook page (not full of fake Fiverr users), maybe message them and ask them some questions. You could start with their name, that's always nice. Then ask what they games they play and why. Ask them if they're profitable, and if not, if they'd like help.
What you get from helping people on that level will far exceed any retarded (short term) strategy that people give you to fix your problems.
If I were you OP, I'd determine whether or not I could live ok on the income I was receiving. Assuming the answer is yes, I would then proceed to find something that I enjoy doing and/or could help someone with. Then I'd figure out what problems there are and how to solve them. Then solve them. Then package these solutions up in such a way that your visitors find the most helpful. Then charge them for it and get paid.
Build a business, not a saki proof, mini micro site about the best poker sites for 6-handed 7-card stud sit n go's on the Merge network.
Like these guys.