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somebody with deep pockets decides they want to dominate my niche, I'm sure they could do that, but they might find it difficult to recoup the large expense that would entail.
They're managing to mostly automate obtaining reasonable quality on-topic links.
This can only work for a short period of time. After a while their automations start to look like a pattern.
[edited by: MrHard at 7:37 pm (utc) on Oct 26, 2010]
It's simply a sign that you don't have lots of serious competition.
These conversations always seem to slide around the point that in very competitive niches, you don't rank if you don't link build. If you are ranking without it, you are enjoying the luxury of not being in a competitive niche.
Am I the only one here who doesn't do "link-building"?
[edited by: martinibuster at 7:32 pm (utc) on Oct 27, 2010]
BUT social media promotion is proving to be a viable alternative to traditional link building...
It is important to make a disclaimer that the site in question is an industrial niche few people have heard of and that has few competitors.
For those of us not fortunate to own a .gov, what do the other 9 sites look like for that term?
I can assure you there is in bucket loads.
Good sites with strong and original content will often be discovered and linked.