tedster - 6:16 am on Aug 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
And most of the very bad SEO I have seen comes from the cheap SEO "experts" from that same country.
There are many people in countries with major employment troubles who have gone diving into the web in order to survive. They pick up on the "SEO" awareness now spreading through the business world and cobble together an offering and sometimes a blog to promote themselves.
This is part of the current chaos. It's interesting to me that in a face-to-face discussion among experienced SEOs, there is often strong disagreement - again showing that each type of site can have a different experience. And even very savvy SEOs may not be able to pull apart all the ranking factors and penalties today.
No one ever handed out all their present time SEO goodies to all takers. It was always this way - but today the simple fact is that even if you TRY to explain what you're seeing, it gets misunderstood and seriously misapplied by people who think they understood.
SEO is not paint-by-numbers. SEO is not completely separate from other marketing aspects of a business. It should always be the business model that comes first, not just ways to rank for this or that phrase.