Hi all, By way of introduction, I'm a relatively new member to the SEO community - 5 months to be exact. However, it really intrigues me and I'm interested in taking things further. I have made 2 sites so far which have been somewhat of a failure, but I'm currently setting up two new sites to see which one will work best for me. 1. White Hat Authority Site 2. Black Hat Niche Site My questions now are mostly related to the Black Hat Niche Site I have bought a new brandable domain. My plan to start ranking is as follows: 1. Use a 301 redirect to the domain to give it some age 2. Use a press release, Web 2.0 service to blast links at it with variations of the brand anchor text 3. Use PBN links to prop up the power pages that I'm trying to rank in Google - I'll point these to the 301 so that I can remove the 301 if things go wrong 4. This is a similar technique that Alex Becker used on his Online Guitar Lessons website My questions are as follows: 1. Do these techniques still work or will they just get me penalized by Google right away? 2. How long should I wait before I start blasting links at it? 3. Are there any better ways to achieve this? Any help from you guys is appreciated!