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...at least partially.
As an SEO tool developer I have a different perspective.
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from planetc1 3506 Days ago #
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I suspected this topic would come up. Will be interesting to see where it goes.

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from HamletBatista 3506 Days ago #
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Yes. I want to find out how many think is possible vs the ones that think it isn’t

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from andrewsho 3503 Days ago #
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Definitely possible but I think a combination of automation and then human intervention is the best way to go. But if a search engine robot/system can automatically determine factors that rank a page for a given term then why shouldn’t you be able to develop a system to automatically tweak the factors on your side?

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from Halfdeck 3503 Days ago #
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I’ll have to check out the tool, but a commentor raises a valid point: "You didn’t explain how or give examples of how it can be automated." I don’t think anyone who blogged about this so far has explained exactly what aspects of SEO can and cannot be automated. For example, your competitor has a link on a Chamber of Commerce site. Can the acquisition of that link be automated? No. But the discovery of the link can be automated. Finding out contact information or finding out the URL of the submit form to apply for membership can be automated. When you have 2,000 potential link targets, not all of them equal, acquiring each link cannot be automated. But using different criteria to prioritize the acquisition process can be automated, so that a program will help you decide which links to go after first, based on the potential cost of a link and value of the link based on traffic numbers and relevance to a client’s site.

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from Noobliminal 3503 Days ago #
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Both on-site and off-site SEO can be automated. You have the content generator for on-site and you have the comment/referer-spammer for off-site. http://sphinn.com/story/6209 Ok... no seriuosly. No software can fit 2 sites. Sites have different structures, looks, functionality and so on. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here for serious real results. To a degree some ’tweaks’ can be done by software but not real SEO. As I said trashing the web can be automated but quality sites are done by hand-jobs!

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from HamletBatista 3503 Days ago #
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Halfdeck - Please send me an email and I will send you back a private beta invite. Your examples use traditional link building techniques. There are other ways to acquire links where you don’t have to actively look for them. The links can find your site too. Link baiting is just a special case of this. I will write about a more generalized idea on my next post about advanced link building. The only aspects that are hard (impossible?) to automate at the moment are SEO copywriting and effective link building. I have link analysis but no link building functionality in my software at the moment. I’ve been thinking long and hard about it and I think I have some non-conventional link building ideas that can be automated. My next post will talk about advanced link building, but in order to explain the automation part, I need to test the ideas myself first and that will require a lot more time. Please read the first line of my post. I don’t think SEO can be fully automated, but the more you automate it the better your competitive advantage.

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from HamletBatista 3503 Days ago #
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Nooblimial - I guess Blackhat SEO can be automated, but I assume the discussion is about white hat SEO.

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from andrewsho 3503 Days ago #
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Hey Hamlet I’d love to see the beta if you’re open to it. Localseo at localseoguide.com. If you want to keep it close no worries. Andrew

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from HamletBatista 3503 Days ago #
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no problems. I will send you an invite too.

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from Halfdeck 3503 Days ago #
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"Your examples use traditional link building techniques. There are other ways to acquire links where you don’t have to actively look for them." Yes Hamlet, I know that, lol. That’s why I opened up that paragraph with the words "for example" :D My complaint was based on the fact that the three blog posts maintained the discussion at a generalized, theoretical level instead of going into specifics about how something can be automated. "Please read the first line of my post. I don’t think SEO can be fully automated, but the more you automate it the better your competitive advantage." I did. I fully agree with that, though if you release an automation tool to the public, then not only do SEOs lose competitive advantage but they may also lose some clients due to them prefering a tool over people. Though I suppose you can argue that those clients wouldn’t have hired SEOs in the first place since they couldn’t afford the high fees. Also, alot of what we do already involve automation - for me, automation is as simple as reducing 3 keystrokes down to one. The question isn’t whether SEO can be automated, but how far can we take it? I’ll be sure to send you an email Hamlet, thanks for the offer.

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from HamletBatista 3502 Days ago #
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"My complaint was based on the fact that the three blog posts maintained the discussion at a generalized, theoretical level instead of going into specifics about how something can be automated." You provide a valid point. I think I need to write a detailed post with my thoughts on this. Thanks for the food for thought. "though if you release an automation tool to the public, then not only do SEOs lose competitive advantage but they may also lose some clients due to them preferring a tool over people." Halfdeck, my premise when I created the tool was that demand for SEO services was going to be bigger than the existing offer from quality SEO professionals. This is already the case. It is because of the scarcity of quality SEOs that the prices are high and will get higher. I started very small, as an affiliate, and I can tell you that there is a large segment of the market that can’t compete under the existing circumstances. Automation is not only good for customers but they are also good for SEOs too. Think about how accountants worked before the arrival of desktop accounting packages.  I am sure a lot of business owners do the accounting themselves, thanks to the ease of use of Quickbooks and similar packages, yet business need accountants and they continue to be in high demand. A computer can simply not match a human. As SEOs, instead of servicing a few customers per year, we can double, triple or quadruple the number and become far more profitable.  

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from Jab 3502 Days ago #
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two points: Linkbuilding and Keywordresearch. How do you wanna automate this? You need experience and quality in your work is essential.

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from HamletBatista 3501 Days ago #
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Jab - This is too dense a topic to cover in a comment. I will write a detailed post about what I think can be automated and what we have automated so far. This Wikipedia article can give you some hints as to what is possible http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_learning 

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from tonynwright 3500 Days ago #
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I would love to see the beta of this. I’ve thought for a long time that on the page SEO could be mostly automated and link building could be partially automated. I’ve just been too in the weeds to create a tool to do it!

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from Sem-Advance 3499 Days ago #
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 SEO can be automated However when the results from such are found on the 2nd page of Google do not complain! 

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