I've been hearing so much "negative" stuff being said here these past couple of weeks from various members claiming they know a lot about SEO. Maybe they've been around for years and in fact know any and everything in regards to SEO but going completely off and becoming aggressive about it? I'm talking about those who say everything besides PBNs are useless/worthless. I mean, really? Are web 2.0's actually worthless? If they don't have a RD of 500 or more, should you not even bother using it? Are new web 2.0's completely useless? On top of that, they add on even to having a PBN. "Oh, if you don't pay $15 per article/$12 per month per host/$20-$500 per expired domain then don't even bother". And, "If you don't have a PBN network of over 100 domains, you cannot rank. You need much more than that". Is having your own PBN really that expensive? Do you actually pay $12 or more per each host that you use? Impossible To Rank High Competitive KWs? Without paying over $1,000 to have your own PBN or buying multiple link packages worth over $400 at the market place, is it impossible to rank high competitive KWs in Google? Can you not rank alone with Web 2.0's and other diversity links? And maybe some good PBN links in the mix but not 100? Has it gotten to the point where owning a PBN is impossible unless you have 100K in your bank? I don't know why people here think like this and over exaggerate how expensive it is when to some people maybe it isn't depending on where they get their domains/hosts and articles from. I had a friend of mine from one of my CPA networks and I actually knew him when he was making $5 per day. I knew him and talked to him when he was at the bottom. I knew that he started doing SEO and ranking his sites. This was back in 2014-2015. Around that time, I feel like you didn't need a PBN to rank for certain BH keywords. And maybe the competition wasn't that high in regards to ranking KWs? I'm not sure. Moving on though, I saw him making $5 for 2-4 months to him making over $2,000 a month and eventually over $10,000 a month. Just with SEO alone. I don't recall if he ever used PBNs, I doubt he did because I think I remember asking him if he did and I don't know if owning a PBN was that popular back in 2014-2015. I feel like he was just ranking alone with Web 2.0's and other cheap ass links. What do you think though? Is it impossible to rank high competitive KWs now? Without a powerful PBN with 100-500 RD+ domains? I believe a lot of people are going to be quiet about this because I feel like not a lot of people here tell the truth anymore and they just want money for their services and BSTs. As for myself, I have been experienced with purchasing a lot of link packages here and from other various places. However, I had only owned a couple of PBN domains. Hosting is quite expensive if you do it the real way, it could add up really fast if you're not making any ROI from ranking any KWs. Conclusion Ranking alone with Web 2.0's on a high competitive KW is not possible, right? You need very powerful PBN links. Owning a PBN today is highly expensive as hosts are raising their monthly costs. Most of the PBN tutorials here are from months/a year ago where things were kind of easier/cheaper. IP networks hosts are a foot print now. More factors are becoming foot prints/bad neighborhoods. The bottom of the line is, if you want to rank a high competitive KW, you're going to need a high ass budget and a lot of knowledge about PBNs and buying them if you don't want to build them yourself of course. Things get harder and harder, I feel as if soon PBNs are going to be impossible to get/create. But that's my opinion.