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I think Seth was commenting on the sentence "I always seem to come out in the top ten, though the specific domains or pages involved are pretty much a crap-shoot."
With themes, you can take an algo-hit and keep right on rolling because something else on site usually surfaces to provide traffic.
In a few years, as page and site analysis algos become more sophisticated, themes will be mandatory to rank well on all of the SEs left standing. But when AV's done switching databases and updating this time around, themes may not be a factor in the new database they seem to be building.
Guess my point is, we need to make it clear from the git go that themes is a workable AV solution ONLY as long as rotating databases are the order of the day and it's anybody's guess what will work after that.
So the SE guys say.. we are losing money, yet these SEO guys are being paid megabucks.. wehy shouldnt we get a slice of that pie -we spawned the industry anyway!
So they rotate algos, making second parties traditional methods less effective, and putting the ppositioning power back in their own hands,,, Then they start charging for placement, spidering, review, etc etc...
I think that what's happened. Makes great business sense.. especially if you have a SE investment...
I agree, hence the title of this thread. SEO techniques are generally honed by marksmanship, i.e., focusing on a more-or-less fixed target and calibrating and recalibrating until one gets as close as possible to the bulls-eye. If I ran a search engine, it would make perfect sense to start rolling the target. Themes-based SEO should remain successful because it is hunting with a shotgun.
Even so, if you look at some of the top 50 keywords across the engines, a huge number of them are showing the same on all the engines. I swear they set around and spider each other. There was one day last week under "mp3" where google, alta, and fast had 25 out of 30 of the same sites listed in the top ten - thats absurd.