jeyKay - 7:10 pm on May 4, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: jeyKay at 7:13 pm (utc) on May 4, 2011]
To those whitehaters that never tried to cross the fence it may seem like a bliss but I tell you wait a bit just to be told to wait a bit more. The game hasn't changed in the favor of whitehaters. It just changed. And the ones that were profiting by buying links will just profit by buying what will put them back where they were. All the amassed profit made by buying links in the past will just be invested in other parts that will surpass a broke whitehater any day. It's all about resources.
I admire your skepticism... but I have made my living based on being a "broke" whitehater, albeit, I am still unsure what is truly considered "white hat". But my point is that even broke webmasters working from their living room apartment can outrank a big budget company any day if they use their brains rather than try to use their wallets. If you ask me, its obvious what Google wants...it wants useful sites for users. All the other things (links, onsite seo, etc.) is noise. Yes you need it, but if you make delivering something unique, useful and of high quality your priority, I say you will win the race and stay ahead.
[edited by: jeyKay at 7:13 pm (utc) on May 4, 2011]