Alright guys, I was just doing some research on a competitor in my niche. They're about 5th in the google rankings for the keyword I'm going for. I went to check their backlinks and it looks like they have 850. I then noticed that the majority of backlinks were on a page like /links_8.html, etc... So i clicked on a few of them, and they were just a page of links, like with a title "Cool links" and then lots of links with a little bit of text. They are pretty unrelated to the site. Is this a link wheel? Or is there a name for this? Is this the 1st tier, 2nd tier sites I keep hearing about? Is there a way to automate this free blogs maybe? Create lots of free blogs, chuck some crappily spun articles on them (can all be the same niche), write 10 spun articles. Then churn out lots and lots of spun versions of the websites, you could probably get like 500 sites from 10 spun articles. Get them all ranking and link back to your main site?