Panthro - 7:53 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think competition is relative, but I don't work with "handbags" on an international level or anything like that (If you want to PM me, I'll show you my niche if you show me yours ;). My competition in regards to these sites is about 40% local, 60% big sites that are not local. And I'd say my sites have about equal or less link development as the local guys and way less than the big guys. When there is less competition, they rank solely on the basis of EMD. When there is a lot of competition, it only helps. I have also seen them rank very well without any link development at all, but usually when there is little competition for those exact KWs.