SEO is Dead

January 7, 2010 – 4:41 pm

In the past few years, we have seen a flurry of articles celebrating the forthcoming death of SEO (AKA linkbait) and an even larger flurry of angry rebuttal articles from the SEO community (AKA retweetbait).

So not wanting to be left out of that link party, I decided to weigh in with our clients’ opinion on that matter (click for larger version):

Have a nice day.

  1. 31 Responses to “SEO is Dead”

  2. Nice one!

    By richardbaxterseo on Jan 7, 2010

  3. Perfect response. Simple and to the point

    By Kev Strong on Jan 7, 2010

  4. So what you’re saying is…

    By Bill on Jan 7, 2010

  5. Very nice — that is one impressive curve in what, 3 months?!

    Well done, and long live SEO:)

    By Kevin Spence on Jan 8, 2010

  6. 38M vistis via 47K keywords gives ~800 visits per keyword. Doesn’t seem like long tail. You had to hit some mid and very competitive keywords. Congrats!

    By Sebastian on Jan 8, 2010

  7. Hi,

    sorry to be a bit thick re the Google Graph :) but how can you be for almost 6 months above 10M and only have 38M in the end ?

    By Léo, Blog Propulsr on Jan 8, 2010

  8. Leo,
    I noticed that too. If you added up *only* the notable points on the graph that are above the 10 million mark, you’d have over 50 million. Maybe I need more coffee but it doesn’t seem to add up to the 38+ million noted in the graph.

    By Brian on Jan 8, 2010

  9. Thanks for all the response.

    @Sebastian that is not an accurate calculation at all. Remember how the long tail graph looks like? There are some very competitive keywords there and a lot of tail :)

    @Leo that is actually a good question. I think it has something to do with the different filters being applied to the account. I will look into it.

    By Neyne on Jan 8, 2010

  10. @Neyne: of course it isn’t accurate. It’s all I could tell by looking at the graph above which isn’t very detailed. Here are some of my stats:

    http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/195799/analytics_longtail-1262982461.png

    3 visits per keyword. This is what I call long tail! ;)

    By Sebastian on Jan 8, 2010

  11. I find it crazy that people out there think SEO is dead. Since when is marketing a business or website dead? I think it depends on peoples business goals. If you truly want to build your business online from many different angles than you will have to market yourself online through a variety of efforts.

    By Nick Stamoulis on Jan 11, 2010

  12. Great post – simple and to the point. SEO will never die.

    By Justin Freid on Jan 11, 2010

  13. SEO will be dead when search engine have died. As long as they send significant amounts of traffic, people will try to get a bigger bite of that cake.

    By IsraeliMom on Jan 15, 2010

  14. SEO will never die. Great article, thanks for sharing.

    By Crystal Admiral on Jan 23, 2010

  15. So SEO is… alive?!

    Shame that positive talk is awful linkbait… :-)

    By SEM Antics on Feb 5, 2010

  16. SEO will never die. I think more marketeers prefer SEO over PPC. Because the CPC is raised a lot

    By overnachten duitsland on Feb 10, 2010

  17. I wonder if the search engine companies are the ones that start the rumour in the first place just to shake things up? SEO is here to stay as far as I’m concerned!

    By John on Mar 22, 2010

  18. In all, this is not based on anything. SEO cannot die, unless the Search engines changes to landscape.

    By Parkeren Schiphol on Mar 31, 2010

  19. Thanks for sharing, Would be nice to see an update and some best practices.

    By Schiphol aankomsttijden on Mar 31, 2010

  20. test b

    By Dr. Ann Voisin on Apr 3, 2010

  21. Hi, I just ran a couple of tests. Akismet just told me that if I put our scholarship provider’s web address in the box provided, they will send my comment to trash, no matter what the comment is. Akismet hates me.

    I am going to write a comment anyway, and then let you know the result. I suspect you will have to save me from the trash if that’s something you care to do. Dr. Ann

    By Dr. Ann Voisin on Apr 3, 2010

  22. Yep! Akismet just trashed my real comment. Perhaps you would consider rescuing it, and then contacting me. If you don’t find the comment at all in your spam folder, Akismet has just thrown it in the garbage.

    I am sure you didn’t ask Akismet to do that, not with the intelligence this site demonstrates.

    ToysPeriod is a Do Follow site, so come on over for a free backlink. I guarantee you are going to be well treated there.

    Dr. Ann

    By Dr. Ann Voisin on Apr 3, 2010

  23. No it is not! The google rules have changed dramatically. But we are not that simple, aren’t we guys. We will learn them and give a fight back!

    By Apartment Guy on Apr 16, 2010

  24. Indeed a impressive graph. My latest link bait campaigns have unfortunately not worked.

    By Peter - Net Træning on May 26, 2010

  25. No SEO certainly is not dead. But every seo can tell you that. Very clear graphs illustrating that.

    By hans on Jun 30, 2010

  26. Thank you for that post! It seems as though every time something happens with a search engine people declare SEO to be dead. Just as with any type of marketing, SEO will not die, it will adapt to changes in the marketplace.

    By Kevin Smith on Sep 22, 2010

  27. My personal take is that SEO won’t die, but simply become increasingly difficult until most people can’t do it any more.

    At the moment, 80% of the time, submitting a site to directories and adding articles is enough for a site to do well.

    This is because most sites have simply not been SEOd. However, I’m sure it will get to a level where so many sites have been that it’s going to be hard to do anything but try and build the best site, so that it naturally does well in the listings.

    By Richard, Leeds on Nov 21, 2010

  28. We did a comic about the death of SEO: http://www.rankedhard.com/jason-calacanis-seo-has-no-future.php

    By Shell Harris on Nov 24, 2010

  29. SEO isn’t dead, it will never die… SEO changes with the times and progresses as do the search algo’s, simple as. Great post, nicely written and to the point :-)

    By Stuart Chester on Mar 1, 2011

  30. Did you filtered the brand’s name including different variations, mispelling, etc.? because those people probably didn’t suprisingly discovered the site due to the great [and i’m sure it is :) ] SEO work.
    If not, Could you please show it without the brand’s name?

    It could be quite interresting… :)

    By YBPmedia on Jun 15, 2011

  31. @Sebastian The following link which you posted in the comments doesn’t work.

    http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/195799/analytics_longtail-1262982461.png

    By Pulkit Kaushik | TheDolt on Sep 17, 2011

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