SevenCubed - 12:40 am on Aug 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
Lately Google seems to be making an assumption that any SEOed site is spam. This is a false asuumption.
That's so true and something that my own personal site suffers from I'm sure. I discuss SEO a lot for the purpose of letting potential clients know what it should be (on page and under the hood best practices) as opposed to what it has become as an industry that mainly puts the emphasis on off-site factors.
I'm sure all those keywords in my pages are triggering something that keeps me suppressed for my main search term. But it's actually a blessing in disguise because I couldn't handle more than a few calls a month anyway which I get through long-tail searches. What matters most is my client sites and they do rank well because of all the on page SEO that I do (without mention of the term SEO of course because it's not their field). With the exception of 1 four year old site the others barely have a few inbound links yet dominate first page. (Hope I don't jinx it by saying that)! As for my own, yeah It's probably overly-optimized but as of now it doesn't matter for me. It wouldn't bother me at all not to even have a site but you cannot be an internet developer and not have one, no credibility!