Planet13 - 9:28 pm on Jun 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
"Now let me guess you get nailed and your competitors rise with spammy techniques. Almost like nothing phases their sites and total garbage and almost unrelated sites rank above you."
Well, yes and no...
the usual suspects who are ecommerce sites DO have a TON of link spam from directories and link partners.
They used to make up the top 4 to 5 sites.
However, over the last few updates, they have been pushed down by ebay, amazon, wikipedia, so now they are ranking around 4 through 8 instead of 1 through 5.
Seriously, those site have INCREDIBLY spammy inbound links.