It seems like every time I hop onto BHW I read some thread about PBNs asking how many it takes to rank XYZ, or some comment saying that a private PBN is the magic solution to ranking. But you know what I never hear. Anybody talking about the QUALITY of the actual websites. People around here seem amazed that I don't have a problem with public PBNs compared to private PBNs. Let me illustrate a quick fact... 99.99999% of every "PBN" ever built looks like complete shit, has shit content (by real website standards), is from a shitty template, and is organized like shit. In order to create a "PBN" (a term that I hate because not all PBN's are trying to look like actual blogs) that is not complete shit you'd need to pay a LOT of attention to detail. Essentially build it like a money site. And guess what... that costs money. A lot of money. And it takes time. A lot of time. If you build your self a "private" PBN and don't built each and every site like a money site than you're still eating a turd... An exclusive turd that you made yourself that you aren't letting anybody else nibble on. Just because its private won't make it pass a manual G review. Just because its private won't make the articles on it not shit. Just because its private doesn't make its template any less overused. These seems to be a rumor going around here that you can build a GOOD network of 5 sites yourself for something like $275. And I'm here to tell you thats crap. You either build a website the right way or you don't. At the end of the day I don't care if a link if from a public/private/authority sites or whatever, all I care about if if the outlinking site is a legit quality site. And if you need more/cheaper links than that then why not go public? Food for thought.