CainIV - 3:04 am on Sep 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
Paid links are not what they used to be. I suspect the game is and will continue to change in this respect.
Tons of genres I study and work in have websites in position one that have what I would deem to be mostly trade / publication / corporate and editorial type links.
Sure some of those could be paid, but that is less likely. The sites offer value in various forms and that resonates with people.
Developing an old idea into a new one is not only crazy. I have some ventures that are doing quite fine and they are by no means unique and original ideas.
I simply used systems thinking and moved past where the others had left off.
Applying general stereotypes across businesses is rarely accurate unless you start referring to systems within a business.