Hi guys since the google update my site has been penalized big time, the issue is because I was doing the churn n burn method and now i'm suffering for it. I am now building manual tier 1 HQ links to my site. I use to have 3k backlinks and now I have dropped down to 380 and STILL dropping, which I guess is a good thing because google is still getting rid of the rubish links? This is my real life business and my competitors have only around 30 Back links to their site so I guess I can out rank them if I put in the effort, I have currently built 7 HQ tier 1 links. I have been searching around the forum to find some answers been cant seem to find them so ill ask here. My competitor has 27 backlinks and has social media links on his site, for example he has twitter feeds. (he is #1st on page 1) I have 381 backlinks ( I am #6 on page 1 and STILL dropping) I am also wondering how I have made 7 HQ backlinks but only 1 has been verified by ahrefs? does it take time to get verified by google and what speeds up the process? Does wiki links in my blog comments speed up the processes? I also build Tier 2 links to my tier 1 via GSA SER and then index them afterwards. Can someone please point me down the right path on where to go and how to get to the top of google? For some strange reason my traffic has Increased even though my rank has dropped big time? I really need some guidance and this is my real business and my livelihood.