Scoble Tells SEO Industry He Was Wrong

Jul 13, 2011 • 8:36 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News
 

Scoble SorryBefore I even start this article, let me be clear that I know this is as much as a link bait from Scoble as for the reason he is sorry - but it is important to document on a site that covers the SEO industry and news around it.

Robert Scoble, one of the more famous bloggers and social personalities on the Internet, has made a public apology to the SEO industry. He apologized for bashing the SEO industry on how they manipulate Google and also Google. You can read about his claims back in 2007 over at SEOmoz. Today, Scoble says he was wrong.

Scoble explained:

I showed an example where SEO techniques had put stuff into Google searches that just wasn't very good and compared that to where Mahalo had done a better job.

Anyway, it's 2011 now and it’s clear that the Google way of doing things is still better for most people. It’s instructive to go back and see where I went wrong.

The funny part to me is one of the reasons he bashed the SEO industry was for the "link bait". He even admitted it, "I went for cheap SEO tricks. Truth is, if you bash the SEO world they will all link to you, argue with you, etc. (Bloggers even have a name for this: “link bait”)."

But if you think about it, apologizing to the SEO industry is also a cheap SEO trick and gets you lots of links - maybe not as many as apologizing, but still plenty of links.

As a side note, Robert Scoble is a good person. He probably doesn't remember it, but I emailed him out of the blue asking for advice on a Israeli Consulate backed Blogger trip that he went on the year before. He spent a nice amount of time talking to me over the phone about the pros and cons of the trip and what I should look out for. Rare to see someone with such a busy schedule take time out of their day to help a single person, they typically like helping the masses with their time - which totally makes sense.

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Comments:

Fedor

07/13/2011 02:22 pm

Never heard of this guy, he a troll? But seriously, I don't have time to pay attention to some blogger, or whatever he is.

Johnm

07/14/2011 06:16 pm

Good point about apologizing.  That's a great way to get links.   Everybody likes a good public apology especially after some bashing or extreme behavior.    Until recently we were still hearing about that whole Taylor Swift Kanye incident.

Paul Simon

08/01/2011 07:56 am

Google always tries to adapt new ways for stopping spammer. Google is launching new techniues for best seraching infinite scrolling.  This infinite scrolling techniques may be come with the same motive.There are lot of seo companies that are using seo techniques according to terms and condition of Google like zigseoservices.  What should be done by seo companies who are using white hat techniques for optimizing the site if infinite scrolling may come? seo packages

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