That was until I found out it's not really free.
$5 spend each day can yield commissions larger than that.
It took me a long time to learn this reality of life in internet marketing.
Why do you continue to chase the SEO when it takes months to get that traffic?
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A very long thread for no good reason. People think SEO is free because they do not think accurately or they do not value their time. More precisely, they think like this: If no money leaves my pocket/my bank account, it's free.
And they think that regardless of the time involved in learning how to do SEO and actually doing SEO.
For some of them, it may be the cheaper way, therefore, the way to go - because of skills. Most have no clue as they have never tried anything beyond low-level link-building, like blog commenting.
Many live in countries where $100 a month is great income, and, if they get anything close to it through 'free' SEO, they have neither the motivation nor the curiosity to try anything else.
Which does not stop many of them from going around singing praising to blog-commenting, content is king, article marketing is the best and so on.
You're right, but your tone and 'examples' rubbed many the wrong way and got the discussion side-tracked. But you're right, SEO is not free. Often/for many, it's not only not free but it is expensive, or more expensive than other methods. But many lack understanding, curiosity, motivation, or the courage to part with a few dollars upfront. (Or, maybe, a lot... can take a few hundred to tweak an adwords campaign).
A while back, there was a thread about Google sending regular mail offers to people and great marketing methods... The point some made: if direct mail did not work, Google (the very successful business Google) wouldn't be using it.
What many in that thread seemed to have understood: Ain't Google quaint. wasting money on offline marketing when it's the king of online?