If links are these components that let search engines know what is the the best and relevant content to show in the first place. Damn you and me are because we are interested in what we think and care about a topic deeply without trying to link our words with other content.
If the number of visitors is this another component that impact results ranking. Damn also we are you and me because nobody read us.
It doesn’t matter because if SEO is what tells what people should learn or consume we will endup being students and customers of bots, algorithms hosted on powerful computers.