I've tried my hands on lots of blackhat (or shady) seo techniques and those techniques do work really well (and still working).
I've been able to rank some good kws with my strategies but the problem is, my websites are not safe. Some of those tend to fall with every google update or get manually penalized or get unnatural backlink notice or other problems which are a result of only one thing - getting inorganic links.
Here is now what I'm planning to do :
1. Start with fresh domains and work in the niches which I know converts well. I know about three niches
2. Never buy a single backlink to any of those pages.
3. Create the quality content or in-depth content WITHOUT any artificial flavors in that and like nobody else is offering on the web.
Now I'm afraid (and my main concern) that no backlinks to my site = no rankings in Google = no money = waste of time and resources.
On the other hand, I've analyzed some sites with good content and they are ranking on #1 without much backlinks but those terms are not competitive at all.
It is my belief that in high competition terms like "payday loans", ranking on #1 without shady practices is almost impossible. I'm working in medium comp niches.
What are your thoughts on this?
Can anybody share their experience on going completely white hat?
Even with two years of hard work, If I can rank for some competitive terms (without creating a single backlink myself), I would like to go Whitehat. I'm trying to create assets which last long
Please share your honest thoughts on this. Do you guys really think that white hat is the right way to go?