tedster - 5:08 am on Oct 12, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 6:10 am (utc) on Oct 12, 2011]
The same question was asked even before the Florida update - and it's been asked almost like clockwork with every major Google shift since then. I'd say Panda may signal the end of what some people have called SEO, but not what others conceive SEO to be.
Here's an old post from our archives, in the year 2002. Is SEO evolving into full Project Management? [webmasterworld.com]
Derivative SEO - methods learned second or third hand and already passed their prime - were already dying by the time they were shared in public.
In the 90s there was a common saying that by the time something was openly communicated, it was already on its way out. Things aren't that extreme any more, but there's still a tinge of truth in it.
[edited by: tedster at 6:10 am (utc) on Oct 12, 2011]