On the bright side: not a bit of that holds true. Is SEO being dead? Stop it! Don't even say that anymore. It's alive and kicking. Honestly, the were no bigger chances for one to position any page on elevated search results than right now. No kidding.
The reality is that one needs to know what is going on in the online world. In order to set up powerful, high-quality web traffic one needs to be professionally trained and by no means, any of us can rely on shiny gizmos because "new tools don't get the job done these days". Knowledge does.
Again, we have developed a video content management technique to leverage streaming video on YouTube to achieve 1st-page results. Right now we manage multiple projects at the same time that results in top rankings the fastest way possible.
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