Hey BHW This is a funny story I recently tapped into a niche which is thriving and I must say I have been playing it safe with link building and just making a website and its content with pure quality in mind and promoting the hell out of it through all means of social and bookmarking networks and its been seeing great traffic and sales! I cover news related stuff i.e updates as well as sell the products in a shop, reviews and even interview people. Well long story short my website has grown quite rapidly since i started it 1/5 months ago and my 'competitor' well i wouldnt exactly say his my direct competitor but he is just some guy who owns a website in the same niche and he just covers news and he has been doing it for a few years, im not trying to tread on his turf, I am diversifying my content and I make an effort to make it so much more different from his and its working. During the dev of my website I was trying to reach out to him to pitch my idea so we can pair up and make an empire out of the niche with my skills and his website property it would of been a straight line just building healthy relationships as you do when you are trying to operate a business and develop an audience. Well haha I never got a reply back which was fine I could understand. I called him out on twitter as a cross promo thing just doing the right thing, I built up my twitter base way bigger than he has so it would of been beneficial for him to participate and haha basically he said publicly on twitter 'WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH YOU' = FUCK OFF 'OK looks like I pissed him off okay', so he has also got a fb group which I am signed up to and I posted a related post from my website in reply to someones query, and BOOM he calls me out as promoting a 'scam' website, he says that he has had 5 other people that week promoting that site and its been all 'spam from the same person with different accounts' and I havnt posted anything on his group so it looks like some one else is promoting my stuff haha AWESOME SCORE! but he got real mad, even making it a rule of an automatic ban if someone was to mention my website. Its a lol fest for me at the moment, dont get me wrong I was trying to do everything right by him but nope he just dosnt want anything to do with me even though we are doing things differently. So there you have it, I have no personal feelings against the guy but he just made himself look like a kicking and screaming baby in front of his social groups. has anyone had similar instances?