With Jim Boykin considering the idea of no longer blogging, and in light of the fact that I talked about SEOs coming out of the woodwork yesterday, with nearly 15,000 SEO blogs out there, the question begs to be asked: What if all SEOs went underground?
If SEO bloggers and SEO forums disappeared (or went into deep privacy mode), would that be a good thing or a bad thing? I can see pros and cons of each.
On the pro side, the search engines would take much longer to catch on to tactics (yes, even those that are on the white side). For example, let's say a new Web 3.0 type of directory-style site were to start proliferating, and the use of them would be very beneficial for rankings. Let's say I discovered this but kept my mouth shut about it. First, I'd have less competition for a while. Second, there'd be less people abusing it, and third, the search engines would probably take longer to discount it.
On the con side, a lot less information would be disseminated to the average web person, and they would be left to guess at nearly everything. For newbies, it might be very difficult to succeed, especially if the only information being "leaked" is wrong.
Even if the current crop of SEO bloggers were to go underground, wouldn't we just see more emerge? So would it even do any good at all? If Jim quits blogging, won't there be someone else to take his place? If all of us stopped, wouldn't that just open up the field to others? Would it make any difference at all? Somehow, I don't think it would. I seriously doubt the SEO world could truly go underground at this point. What do you think? Should we all stop blogging?