Tell that to the small business owner who is trying to compete with the big boys. I'm serious, the poor small business owner is left to sift through whatever scraps come their way. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, but they are few and far between.
One of the consistent patterns I see is smaller websites coming under fire from this type of stuff. Here you are chuggin' along one day and then all of sudden traffic starts to drop for no apparent reason. If you are Internet savvy, you may be able to start performing research and find stuff like the above, or you may not. Most will not find it and just chalk it up to being penalized and/or banned and/or caught up in some sort of filter, with no real idea of what may have caused it.
The small business doesn't stand a chance if they are being sabotaged like this, they really don't.
I think that should read...
I don't think a healthy link profile is going to do the trick in many instances. If you have an 800 pound Gorilla on your back, 100 pounds of links isn't going to help! It may slow the Gorilla down but weight will prevail.
Here, read this...
The Saboteurs of Search Part II