JohnRoy - 4:25 am on Feb 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
With stolen content and a link farm they were able to acquire real links over a few years... So moral of the story:
let me fix your quote:
"So moral of the story. SMART guys will always win. "
Don't equate google's guidelines with morals or ethics or good or evil. Equate them strictly with risk tolerance.
Without getting into the debate if this gray/black hat method works successfully in Google (always win or not), no one in this forum would say that building your empire on stolen scraped content is "smart" rather than evil...