I was browsing through Akismet-ed comments when I found a rather interesting snippet in the form of spam:
Funny how blogs, websites, and basically all online activity are ruled by SEO. Search Engine Optimization has become the 2nd god of the internet.
Funny, really. I’m not really into tech and all, so I don’t know a lot about search engine optimization. I may be using SEO, but I’m quite lazy when it comes to tags, metatags, and I haven’t installed the All-In-One SEO pack for this particular WordPress installation. I don’t consciously use SEO tactics, I don’t make money out of my blog, and the most I do is generate and provide content.
I’m not “anti-SEO” in the sense that I think that “blogging should remain pure,” or that “people should not make money out of blogs.” Like any form of writing, blogging is impure to begin with (more on that when I feel like it). Besides, many people already generate a nifty income (perhaps bigger than my salary) because of blogging.
My “philosophy” when it comes to online writing and/or blogging (the terms are not synonymous, more on that when I feel like it) is that machines and search engines don’t read online content: people do.