According to analysis theory, it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert or elite performer, in any industry, science and art form. I wonder if this theory applies to SEO?
Ten thousand hours is equivalent to roughly three hours a day, or 20 hours a week, of practice over 10 years… No one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.
Supposedly, you need to also learn how to be an expert.
I’ve put in a lot more hours than this, especially in the first year of Hobo (3 next year) but I know I still have a lot to learn, so I think it might be even longer than this to master SEO (in a broad sense). Sure the basics seem VERY simple but it’s probably impossible to know it all, and I have been doing this since about 2000.