freejung - 4:42 pm on Oct 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Surely people don't believe you can get lasting, strong rankings for something (for example) like 'mortgage rates' or 'car insurance' just by sitting by idly with some nice content.
No, I don't expect that would work very well, car insurance data is pretty boring. I think you have to be in a niche where your content has entertainment or aesthetic value.
You may get a wake up call someday if/when an SEO strong company walks into your niche and walks all over you.
Hey, man, if you have any suggestions for how I can get better links more efficiently than what I'm getting now by focusing on content, I'm all ears!
However, I have a backlog of new, better quality content as long as my arm that I'd like to add to my site, and not enough hours in the day to put it up. My experience has been that in the long run, spending x hours doing that will generate more and better links than spending x hours "link building," and it also makes my site better and provides better value to my visitors.
I suppose that if I had infinite time to throw at the problem, I would get better results by doing both, but I don't. If somebody with deep pockets decides they want to dominate my niche, I'm sure they could do that, but they might find it difficult to recoup the large expense that would entail.