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Top 10 Reasons it Sucks to be an SEO

Online marketing information can change quickly This article is 15 years and 87 days old, and the facts and opinions contained in it may be out of date.

1. It doesn’t exist outside it’s own sphere

  • Forum drama and valid paranoia (sometimes they ARE watching)
  • Incompetent creative teams, illiterate content writers, and bad coders
  • Too much back biting blogger bullshit and snake oil peddaling.
  • Unreasonable expectations
  • When no one knows or understands the strategy.
  • Poor communication and organization
  • Rodney Dangerfield gets more respect
  • Rougue bots
  • Web hosts

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    • steve mistretta

      Yeah it appears there is still negative comments about being an SEO.

      It is just a matter of time, people said negative things about email marketing
      in the begining also. It is still used and effective.

      Funny thing is that it is the Ad agencies who spead alot of the negative Karma
      it will come back to bite them in the butt.

      One of the big problems I find is the people who want to pick your brain and try to do everything themselves. It is tough sometimes to educate the client fully

    • John Andrews

      My own Top Ten reasons it sux to be an SEO:

      10. There is no upper limit to the organic traffic levels – time to buy yet another server!
      9. Every site has a monetization objective – there is no “personal” blog!
      8. Those talking head SEOs who blogblogblog instead of working make people think real SEOs should have blogs. Not!
      7. Everyone else’s failed idea is a clear an opportunity! Shut up!
      6. I am associated with people who have to blog profanities to get attention
      5. People think you are the one ruining their SERPs, instead of thinking you are the one making the SERP useful
      4. I can see impending doom.
      3. Really, really, really big log files
      2. I’m the guy testing the service vendor’s scalability. And usually the only one.
      1. I get so much traffic people think it’s black magic and are afraid of me.

    • Brian Turner

      Hurr hurr…web hosts.

      There are a couple of gems, but the hosting industry in general has as bad – if not worse – reputation than the SEO industry.

      Anyone can do it, and look – you can do it really cheap!!

    • Ryan May

      Thanks for the laugh, Todd – made my morning! :)