wheel - 12:09 am on Dec 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
"I think I can stand on the corner of my street and gain more attention, respect and income in the Long term then SEO. I see door-to-door sales as more a lucrative future."
SEO gave many of us a great start, and isn't completely dead yet. But it's definitely being marginalized by Google as they squeeze more and more of the traditional organic results off the page.
Which is fine. A bit of SEO, lots of adsense, some bing, some direct mail, some blog posts, etc etc etc.
Here's the big question. If Google's not sending me any organic traffic of consequence - remind me why I am allowing them to scrape my content for their use? If I'm getting 300 visits a day from adwords, that go to 30 high quality conversions...and I'm getting 30 visits from organic with 3 crappy quality conversions, then I'm not far from banning them in robots.txt and saving the bandwidth.
The tide can turn, and not for Google's benefit. Things can change in the next 5 years.