bears5122 - 4:13 am on Feb 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
I disagree mike. I've seen many examples of sites that purchased links heavily and unnaturally and when they got rid of them, saw their rankings shoot up. Google will tout the party line by saying competitors can't hurt you, but I don't buy it. Seen way too many sites with penalized with nothing shady on-site but a ton of really bad links pointing to them.