Well, after finally moving out of the newbie phase, I realized that just ordering services here on BHW wasn't the magical way to get my websites (or my clients websites) ranked in the search engines. This is mostly because most services deliver links in a certain period of time (say 7 days) over which time they build links. If after that, you don't continue to build links yourself and the trend doesn't continue, your site will drop in rankings again. The problem is, a lot of people don't realize that so they just place orders in the BST thinking there's some magical service/solution to getting their websites ranked for competitive keywords in Google. I personally have not had good experiences with the services on here -- I ordered a EDU package from the "GREAT EDU BACKLINK SALE", and these guys delivered it a MONTH late; 4 days after the penguin. They gave me the report 2 days after they started building links (on the 28th links started appearing, on the 30th the report was delivered). I noticed a significant decrease in my traffic on the 28th, and the sad part is, from 24th-27th my traffic went up significantly because my site was all white hat. These guys made some serious garbage links, and it was an IMMEDIATE decrease in rankings (on the same day the first link was built). I even tried building some other high quality completely manual links for diversity (diversifying everything) and nothing happened. I had to junk the domain and start over with a new one -- and I really loved that domain . Anyways, back to my question about link velocity; say if you're building links manually, diversifying everything (type and anchor text), and building 5-10 links a day (plus tiers), would that be sufficient? Also, what happens when you don't build links one day or for a whole week, doesn't that appear unnatural to Google? So in reality, you basically need to consistently build links to your website(s)? Anyone want to shed some light on the best ways to make link building appear as natural as possible in Google's eyes (since Google says SEO is just on-page and there should be NO off-page at all that you do on your own)?