In your opinion as an experienced, successful SEO, which type(s) of backlinks are the best and look the most authentic to Google right now in 2014? This thread is partly for my own benefit but I'd also like to see some senior members get it on this to share some knowledge if you could spare a minute to leave a reply. 10K is a significant amount of money for many of you guys at this point, and certainly isn't chump change for me either, but I think larger projects should be talked about a little more. Anyway enough of the bullshit. I am almost done building a big website which is very high quality and will be competing in a very high competition niche. It is targeted at one specific country, and it is not the US. I have 10K to spend on my initial link building which I plan to spread over at least a couple of months, probably more. The idea here is quality not quantity and I want to know where you guys think my money should go as far as the types of links I buy. I'm thinking about buying sponsored posts from authority blogs because there's lots of them in this niche, but Matt Cutts says he doesn't like how spammy guest posts are now so it makes me nervous to dump 10K in that direction without some advice. I'd be happy to keep this thread updated with my ranking progress and mention the types of links I'm buying so everybody can benefit here. Any input is greatly appreciated, thanks.