Maybe I just dont know those people.
I do know a lot of people in this business though.
But, maybe I know all the *others*.
However, most of the people I come into contact with who are NOT making money, well, most of them DO focus on SEO, backlinks, etc. It's interesting. I'm not saying SEO, backlinks, etc does not work. Of course it works.
But, when 97% of the people I know make their money with paid traffic and affiliates... and only 3% earn their money from SEO and backlinks... I cant help (for the sake of being blunt) scratch my head.
THEN, when 97% of the people I come across who are NOT making money focus on those methods for traffic... I scratch my head again.
I know, I know, there will be the heard of folks claim they make their big bucks with SEO, back-links, etc on here... but I dont know them. Maybe they are too busy doing SEO stuff to build relationships so I dont get to know any of them.
Or, maybe... just maybe... since I've had countless students *switch* from SEO to other forms of traffic... and then start earning money... maybe, just maybe... that SEO stuff is not the answer.
Let the flame begin