Is SEO table stakes? (Hint: No!)
Anyone know why the idea that SEO is no longer a specialized practice and has turned into table stakes has taken hold? Bueller?
Back in late 2006, the topic of the day was “Is SEO rocket science?” It wasn’t of course, unless you were referring to boosting your organic traffic to a rocket-like trajectory or trying to impress someone by spouting off the mathematical equation for PageRank.
As a nascent industry, it did seem to some at the time that search engine optimization (SEO) was a dark art, or at the very least, something the layperson could not easily comprehend.
Flash forward 12 years, and the prevailing feeling among many SEO’s has changed radically. Now, I’m hearing not only do they feel SEO is not rocket science, but it’s gone to the other extreme and has become table stakes, a basic practice everyone connected to digital marketing should know.
I have seen some of this dismissive attitude first hand. In 2015 a previous employer eliminated the SEO team and traffic dropped close to 30 percent soon after. The reason given for the elimination? SEO is table stakes.
Why has the idea that SEO is no longer a specialized practice and has turned into table stakes taken hold?