I was at the Webmasterworld Vegas conference Tue/Wed; WMW attendees are the most advanced SEO and SEM community anywhere, period. A few thoughts from the show:
-I mean no offense by this, but it is glaring to the eye that there's a *generally* inverse relationship between SEO skills and personal appearance. Must have something to do with staring at a computer screen all day long, but it's clear most SEO folk don't get out much or are in SEO for that reason. [NOTE: I'm writing this from the home office having not shaved or showered yet. My wife says the difference between SEO and SEM is SEM folk take showers *before* going to work.
-Online gaming and herbal supplement sites convert well. How else to explain the presence at WMW of firms like 888.com, JoeBucks and others?