helpnow - 3:35 pm on Feb 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
mikeclover - ah, no. You do not have to buy links to get to #1. For competitive terms that drive traffic and convert into sales. There are some here that know me and who I am, and I can assure you, I have never bought a link, and they could concur. Not a solitary one. And I have plenty of #1/#2 rankings.
Now, on the other hand, I am tempted to agree with you that you will not be penalized by bad links, but I am not certain, and have been lurking this thread with some interest.
These are 2 different issues. Yes, links are the lifeblood of the google universe. But when you say you can look up any site in the top 10 (?, and not just #1 !?), and you can see they are all buying links, well, from someone who is in the top 10 all over the place, and in a lot of #1 spots in many different niches, ah, no, you do not have to buy links to get into #1.
To say otherwise is FUD.