Yes, and that's the mindset that many have been brainwashed into. I was a bit like that until I discovered EP. I relied on G for my traffic and AS for my money. A lot of dependency on G. Right from the moment I joined up here, I started to discover that there was more to life on the Internet than G. Having gone through the EP boot camp, I see things a lot differently now. I don't rely on traffic from G and I don't sit back and wait for them to pay my bills every month.You may not, Kay, but the way some people jump into panic-mode at every Google rumour makes me think an awful lot of people (who should know better) do.
It's not always easy to break away from any kind of cult or dependency, but EP has been the catalyst for me to do it.
But I would not blame G at all for the brainwashing in the first place. It's all those people out there still promoting stuff about how to get high rankings in G as though that's the only path to make money online. I wrote an article the other day about Google-proofing your website. Some people are selling stuff to do that. And what are they suggesting? Google-proof your website by playing more games to fool G. My idea of Google-proofing is not to rely on G.