You 2 missed my point. You could have THE best web site ever made.... but if you do nothing to make it rank... who is gonna know except YOU? And I have seen most people either never do anything with their web site they spent so much money or time to make... or... they are all gung-ho for the 1st year with it then stop doing anything with it and it falls off the face of the earth. Or, some have the worst site on the internet yet they spend money and or time to make it rank high... for what???? It sucks!!! No sense in making a sucky site stay on page 1. So while you both thought you disagreed sith me, you in fact agreed with me. I'm just asking why people do it? Does it just make you feel more accomplished when in fact it is really doing nothing to have a GREAT site that is on page 4,206,037 of google? Or does it make you feel great to have a site that sucks on the 1st page yet all it does it net no business because it sucks because you tried to do it yourself and you have no earthly idea what your doing?
I'm just askin.....??
I didn't miss your point, I agree with it, however, disagreed with your statement of "just having" a website was a "good" thing.
Point being, you and I and very few may understand the TRUE benefits of having google presence, and those that DO understand the benefits, probably get fed up w/the whole situation because of all the scammers out there. Some may hear of stories of people paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars and get to page 2 after 6 months and because the phone isn't ringing, they drop the campaign.
There's a plethora of reasons, but, why burn your braincells over it? If owners in the industry or ANY industry won't start to realize what real SEO
can do for them, then by all means, it's less competition for you and I.
Back to your point, yes, JUST a well designed website won't cut it. Just as if you have a great business card, but always leave them at home. People can't see them unless you make the effort and put it out there. Having a great page and quality ranks is the BEST route to take.