Not sure I have a point here other than sitting around waiting for white hat stuff to work in Google can be rather pointless.
I own an exact match domain .com. An affiliate type company/reseller owns the same domain but .org.
Google just reshuffled the results for this search term, vaulting the .org to the #1 spot. My .com has been sitting at #11 for months, no change.
They have roughly 100-150 backlinks. 100% of those backlinks are from paid blog posts and directories. Anchor text is all exact match.
My backlinks consist entirely of other 'real' sites in the niche. i.e. they're all from live retailers in my niched, potentially my competitors. I got every backlink through existing relationships + a phone call - i.e. they're about as white hat and ontopic as could be; they'll pass any hand review. Have about 10-20 of these backlinks.
While I expect that I will eventually overtake them (and when I do, it will be effectively permanently), the white hat techniques are cold comfort while they're seeing 5 conversions a day and I'm getting maybe 1-2 a week.
What would you do? Continue building white hat ontopic links, one every month or so? Or spark up a $1K blog/directory buy and overtake them that way?