I just started doing affiliate marketing and I need some help. I've read a lot of guides, but there are so many methods listed, that a complete newbie like me has no idea where to start off. My website is almost set up, the main keyword related to my niche has about 2000 searches a month globally, and there's really not any good competition. For keyword SEO, I simply looked up my competitors, duplicated their keyword usage to an extent, and placed it within unique articles and original content written by me. Was this a dumb tactic, or will it work for a small revenue beginner website? Anyway, now that I got that out of the way, it's time to build backlinks and I have literally zero idea where to start or what to do. A couple of people that were successful in the affiliate marketing business have suggested that I use link pyramids... But then again, someone who was more successful than any of them has told me to stay away from them. I'm looking for a white-hat/grey-hat way to build quality backlinks. I know that there are like, a million guides for that on this forum alone, but they all offer various advice and I'm wondering which method would be the best and safest for a newbie like me?