hannamyluv - 11:08 pm on Aug 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
concept of gaming the system (aka SEO Services)
While there were plenty who were out to game the system, don't knock the broad term SEO services. Plenty of business and the people who run them have NO CONCEPT of how search engines find, gather and return information. I use to do SEO Services, but mostly all it consisted of was looking at a client's website and saying "hey, dumbass... um... I mean, client... Having the same title on every page is really a bad idea." or "Maybe putting all your text into an image so it looks shiny means that other computers can't read it." Stuff like that and I still see it today.
SEO isn't just gaming the system (plenty out there who do and you are right they ruin it for the rest), but ideally, SEO should be creating a symbiotic relationship between a website and a search engine. When done properly, both parties benefit. SEO can open up sites that search engines could not get to and therefore are now able to grant access to the masses to potentially great content, which in turn means that the creators of that great content get rewarded. This is the #1 reason Google has never come out and said SEO is bad.
SEO is important to a functioning website, but it should not be the main function of a website. That is why I like the "SEO What?" That something can potentially make you rank better/get more traffic/get the #1 spot for the bestest keyword ever means little if you have nothing to show when they get there.
And so that this thread does not get kicked to the Google Forum curb
By extension, you can apply this to AdSense. Just because a site is "made for AdSense" does not mean it is a bad site. But sites and publishers who only focus on making sites only for AdSense, dis-regarding other things like... you know... visitor experience, give everyone else a headache and a bad name.
Everything you said webcentric is absolutely right. Just don't go too far to the other side and vilify what isn't necessarily bad. ;)