Now I'm not crying because of it, I also know that to make money you need money, but I still feel kinda bad comparing how google was 2+ years back and comparing with how google is right now. I personally was one of lucky bastards that started early and managed to rank some stuff with GSA alone so I eventually started having a consistent income stream which allowed me to re invest. However google nowadays, even very long LSI like I'm going for are still "hard" to rank for, by hard I don't actually mean hard but rather, you only rank them if you have the resources to do so. Someone starting out just can't rank them. Hell, in my recent journey tried 6 different services ~100$ of worth each, each of them targetting different articles and keywords on low competition niches (where top results have less than 30 DA and less than 25 PA) and only 1 or 2 services managed to get a keyword into top 10 (top 8 being the best) and as we all know, only top 3 actually gives you any money. Which further shows how right I am, if you don't have at least 200$ to invest in SEO to rank a 500-2000 MS keyword then you're simply not going to rank it into top 3 and make money. (Unless you use tools but they dont work as well as they used to) This is what I mean by low competition: Example 1: For this keyword I'm ranked #8 with an article that far surpasses any other, I'm the only website in the top 10 targetting this keyword in title / desc / content and as you can see the competitors aren't even that strong. Example 2: For this one I'm ranking #14 and although my article isn't the best it's still better than 9 out 10 when compared with the current top 10, I'm also the ONLY website targetting this keyword in title desc / content. I also sent 5 PBN posts from my own network towards this post. Would like you to keep in mind that this is not a complaint thread or anything of the sort, it's just to show you how ridiculous and competitive SEO has become over the years, these are just 2 examples of rankings obtained using 100$ packages on very low competition niches, and these are the best 2 results I've obtained out of the 6 100$ packages I've tried, the other 4 weren't as good as these ones, which leads me to believe that to rank top 1 a single 1000-2000 MS keyword I would need to invest 200-300$ into SEO. And as we all know 1000-2000 MS is nothing, even while ranking other longtails along side it won't give you a groundbreaking monthly profit.