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There are two ways to use SEO to help your organization. One is reliable and effective, the other is a glorious crap shoot that usually fails but is wonderful when it works. I’ll start with the second...
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from ANOnym 2054 Days ago #
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Seth actually calls SEO "a glorious crap shoot that usually fails but is wonderful when it works."He got it wrong on two points:- there are lots of easy to rank phrases that bring targeted, well converting traffic- you can rank #1 for a targeted phrase, if you know what you are doingThat being said, I wish more SEO clients would also try to create better products/services that’d market themselves. It’s almost useless to SEO a site without an USP.Anyway, did Seth pull a Jason Calacanis on this one? I hope it’s just his unfortunate experience with SEOs and lack of SEO knowledge speaking.My thoughts at the SEO Refugee forums:http://cli.gs/uDsP4z

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from pageoneresults 2054 Days ago #
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Not even worth a Sphinn really. I mean, how do write an article about SEO and focus on a generic keyword like plumber as the hook? Come on Seth, I’ve seen you do much better than this.The most common way to use search engine optimization is to find a keyword (like "plumbing") and do whatever you can to ’own’ that word on Google. This is Google as the Yellow Pages (with free ads).When exactly was the last time you were involved with Search Engine Optimization?The problem: how to be the first listing, because being the 40th listing is fairly worthless.Who exactly is this article appealing to? What SEO takes a generic keyword like Plumber and tries to pwn it for a local Mom and Pop? There might be a few and Pop better have some very deep pockets. He also needs to prepare for the onslaught of poor quality leads.That article fails at whatever point it was trying to get across due to those opening paragraphs. Next time you decide to write about SEO, how about using something of value and not some generic single keyword that few would ever pwn.^ Ya, it’s Monday morning and I’m my usual passionate self. :)

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from Jill 2054 Days ago #
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Anyway, did Seth pull a Jason Calacanis on this one?Godin is actually the original Calacanis. He published something similar many years ago before Jason ever did, along these same lines.Thought he learned more about SEO by now, but apparently not.He’s completely missed the third, most important way of doing SEO. Researching keywords that people actually use at search engines and ensuring that the pages of your website are relevant to them.

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from tamar 2054 Days ago #
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I happen to love Aaron’s rebuttal here: http://www.seobook.com/most-seo-strategies-are-not-focused-hitting-home-runs

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from merrick 2054 Days ago #
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Seth made a follow up comment worth reading on Aarons site here:http://www.seobook.com/most-seo-strategies-are-not-focused-hitting-home-runs#34958

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from valiik 2054 Days ago #
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Good article. Some good points stated.

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from michddot 2054 Days ago #
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@tamar & @merrick thank you so much, i was almost in shock when i read it and knew sphinn was the right eyes to see it. very cool to see an seo step up and the back n forth between them :) again thnx 4 the links out, c00lish

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from purdue512 2053 Days ago #
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I read it. I agree - it was not great. But not so bad anyone should be flamed for it either. I just didn’t really think it hit the mark. I don’t really follow the comparison of SEO to a "lottery." In my opinion, there is nothing random or accidental about SEO. Nor is it magic. That’s sort of the nature of computers, the tend to not be very creative...

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from MiriamEllis 2053 Days ago #
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Actually, with Google’s latest move of showing local results for non-geo modified keywords, ranking well for for ’plumber’ is much more readily attainable than this article appears to recognize. Most people searching for ’plumber’ are seeking local services, and I found it hard to get the sense of what the author was saying in this post because of the keyword premise it was based upon.

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from CasinoSpammer 2053 Days ago #
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I think that post only shows that Seth doesn’t know anything about SEO. Quality SEO isn’t about ranking #1 for some generic keyword, it’s about getting more conversions by increasing the amount of traffic coming from Google.

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from purdue512 2053 Days ago #
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I respect your opinion about Seth’s piece, but seriously, there is no reason to put him down like that. I’ve never met him or even chatted with him, but I’m sure it doesn’t feel good to hear that. Again - I respect your opinion and right to have it. But I’m sure you can find a much more polite way to express that. I was posting about this same thing in another thread today. Why are people so mean online?

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from CasinoSpammer 2052 Days ago #
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Maybe I’ve been reading WickedFire too much recently... I’m huge fan of Seth and I read his blog regularly. But still the fact is that that post was written by someone, who doesn’t understand what SEO is. To be honest, most people don’t seem to understand what SEO really is. Not even SEO "professionals", so maybe you’re right - no need to put him down.

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from MirandaRights 2047 Days ago #
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Seth is basically talking about personal branding here, and he makes valid points. Remember who Seth is, he’s ’Mr Purple Cow’ - he’s all about being remarkable and generating interest that way, rather than being a goldfish in a sea of goldfish, which is what most SEO is. I didn’t see this as dissing SEO, rather providing another way to look at it. Make something people for people to look for, rather than try to appear as a top result on a packed list. Seth is pretty darn good at what he does, critizing him when you have barely a fraction of his expertise or results seems churlish at best.

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from pageoneresults 1964 Days ago #
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Now that I think about it more, this is worth a Desphinn. I like this feature.

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from WilliamC 1964 Days ago #
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Should have read it thru first, sorry seth, but a couple glaring mistakes in there mate.

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