bluntforce - 3:53 am on Jul 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
I have a site that is something of a long term project. It picks up random fairly low value links without any effort, but I try to make sure that it gets at least one healthy link a week. A year from now it will have at least 50 healthy links along with maybe 4-5 times that amount of totally natural links. My goal isn't stability, but an ever increasing user base in a niche where I already exist. No monetization, that will come when the user base hits my concept of critical mass.
I note that you said "meta keyword stuffing" but I've lately been looking at how much, or little, text is actually necessary on a page. Keyphrase in page title, description and H1, all other content as images.
If I'm looking at a new niche, I feel better if I have an "A" site and a "B" site both geared to that niche. "A" site gets more time and resources, "B" site explores what options might be of benefit in that niche.