Throughout the recent months, a lot of updates have been out by Google which has been terrifying the "seo" community; saying seo is dead, blackhat is dead, stuff that worked a year ago does not work anymore. I want to prove to you that this is not the case. I have been analysing a lot of serps and still there are sites that are ranking for competitive keywords 1-10 within hours.
Type in payday loans, you should see a website there ranking with spam only, it's fluctating between 5-9 atm.
Sorry for the rant, but certain SEO's are kind of pissing me off and pulling out facts from their "ass" which has no foundation to their methods or concepts.