So I got really discourged today, I check out my competitors backlinks for my niche using blacklinkwatch.com, and from what I understand about seo, to even get onto the first page of google for my keyword I need almost 300 backlinks (to match my competitors). This seems really discouraging and difficult to achieve as I only have 18 so far. I know nothing in life is a walk in the park, if I want success I must work hard but would achieving 300 high pr backlinks be very hard for someone without experience to get himself? I've tried to find sites for backlinks and many are forcing me to pay them a fee ranging anywhere from $5-50 USD which is very costly, thats like paying anywhere from $1500 - 15,000!. If I did do it myself how long would it take? Would I be able to black hat my way to page 1 with high competition like this? Im thinking maybe I should pay but how much would a paid service cost?