Imagine a site that was ranking #1 for a couple of low volume keywords of about 5000 monthly searches in bulk with a potential income niche of $100 day or more, using hacked links from phpbb forums before penguin in October this year. Well it is the site of one of my competitors:] That site was ranking #1 before penguin for a huge amount of links from pages with pr5 and less and from phpbb forum posts, from a lot of languages and all ranges of IPs, also a huge amount of pr 2 to 4 pbn russian links and what not for a total of 7000+ links After penguin the site was wiped from the first 1000 results on google for any possible keyword but then this month the site pops up again with a huge increase of those hacked links and almost 3000 more links from different sources. I still have page one but this site hits like a truck and manage to stay on the #1 again for all the keywords using spam at its finest. Not the best estimated income and a fairly small niche but the results of that strategy is outrageous, also the site has a emd and the anchor url used is the naked domain in most cases. I don't know who provide those hacked links or where the owner of that page get its pbns but i really would like to know about it. For google is not even close to be able to beat spam nor any kind of black hat techniques for ranking sites.