mullman99 - 11:41 pm on Nov 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
In the "Internet Marketing" world - what you guys consider as those 'gurus' and 'quick & dirty marketers', most of us know how to get top Page 1 rankings for all but the very most competitive keywords.
It's just as MrFewkes is doing. Virtually all "Internet Marketers" in this segment use a combination of paid links - which include purchased 'packages' of 100-10000 profile links, blog comments, forum sig links, etc. - plus automated link building using tools such as Scrapebox, SENuke, etc., possibly supplemented with article networks like BuildMyRank and Unique Article Wizard.
In essence, these are 100% 'unnatural' links. We know how to optimize on-page to an extreme degree of optimization. Between the two, this market bangs out sites intended solely for monetization (Adsense, affiliate sales, etc.), and shoots them to Page 1 rankings.
Though Panda has significantly changed the 'game', and this market is about to thin out significantly, this has been extremely effective.
Panda's wider view, including site metrics, is perhaps the only functional way for Google to effectively curtail this sort of gaming.