It just seems like a big waste of time and effort.
Try ranking for spanish vacation properties, or mortgage rates. You don't get top rankings just by working on content alone.
Not working on links seems nice, but it's a luxury not all can afford. There's 10,000 others out there like me all wanting to rank, and I only beat them because I get better links than they do. I have content that's better than everyone else's and still nobody links.