Over the past few years popular marketers have realized that the SEO crowd is a) pretty easy to stir up and b) ready to link to anything at a moment’s notice.
That combination makes them ripe for link bait, flame bait, hate bait, whatever you want to call it. The easiest (read as: laziest) method is stating that SEO is dead, worthless, a scam, etc. If that sounds familiar it’s because there’s a long list of people that have used this method recently.
Jason Calacanis, Robert Scobel, Derrek Powazek and Jeremy Schoemaker (aka Shoemoney) have all gone to this well at various times with decent results if measured in terms of link bait. Today it seems, Shoemoney is back for seconds with his post saying 2009 Sucked for Most SEOs.
Now, Danny Sullivan, Lisa Barone, Jill Whalen, Aaron Wall & just about every other SEO blogger has taken on this issue at some point in the recent past. To be honest, nothing much has changed. The usual sequence of events is that a popular personality claims SEO is dead, they are beaten into submission by the SEO masses, admit that SEO does have it’s place and explain how that’s not QUITE what they meant.
Whatever. The cycle bores me. So, rather than rehashing the same old song & dance, I simply tweeted my thoughts. Unfortunately it sounds like Shoemoney doesn’t like it when people disagree with him or ask him to backup statements he claims as facts.
Don’t worry, Shoe. Calling me a dipshit definitely makes up for the fact that you have absolutely NO support for the statements you make in the post.
But hey, at least you maintained your reputation as the classiest guy around.