Hey, I love the Google AutoComplete feature as much as the next guy, but this one caught me off guard. But only for a second. While the AutoComplete data is probably not the most accurate data, in this case it does give us a glimpse into the perception of SEO. Honestly, I can believe the results. This is probably what most people think about SEO. Why? I’m glad you asked.
There are a lot of bad SEOs out there. A lot of people have been burned by SEO companies and sales people who promised the world. SEO takes time. It takes work. SEO requires innovative thoughts and ideas. And research. And IT/Dev resources. In many cases, your SEO is limited by your site, product(s), business culture, goodwill, etc… Seriously. Let that sink in.
Furthermore, SEO is becoming more and more competitive, and basic SEO principles can only get you so far. In fact, many people think SEO is dead, dying and/or bullshit. Dave Snyder wrote a great post about that recently.
Could this AutoComplete data just be another way for Google to hate on SEO and SEOs? I dunno. Probably not. But after Google removed SEO companies from the local results, we know how they really feel about us. And that’s what makes it fun. Godspeed, SEOs!