I am getting fairly sick of answering the same PMs and seeing the same threads over and over again. The same 'questions', and the same 'answers' are being spread around and frankly, it is sickening. If you think I am talking about you in this thread, most likely I am. Here we go.... The Reason(s) You Can't Rank Your KWs OR Make Money 1. You Listen to 'White Hat' SEO's This is the biggest reason you will not make money in SEO or IM. You listen to 'White Hat' guys. I am in the Long Term SEO Game. I want my sites to last at the very least 1 + Year(s). How do I build links? 1. I do it randomly. 2. I test before I use it on a 'money site' 3. I NEVER follow the same pattern twice I am a LOT more anal than other SEO's when it comes to link building (And I like the word 'anal' so I use it as often as possible). On some sites I am as clean as a whistle and only build 'safe' links. What I deem as safe and what 'White Hats' deem as safe are completely different things. What do 'White Hat' Guys believe? You must follow the rules of Search Engines. This means: 1. No Link Building 2. No link begging 3. No Web 2.0s 4. No link Manipulation 5. No Guest Posts 6. No Blog Comments 7. No Forum Signatures I can keep going. Any way you intentionally try to put your link(s) some where, it is intentionally building links and going against Googles TOS. If you plan to build ZERO links and 'hope' people will link to you, you will make no money. Game over. Unless you plan on letting your site age for give or take a decade, and keep building to it, you will never make money. If you listen to those 'White Hat' Gurus you will never make it. 2. You listen to the 'White Hat' Black Hat SEO Guru's This is taking advice from the guys who tell you 'too many links at once will hammer your site'. Or, 'X link type will hammer your site.' If you do some testing, you will learn that you can rank with: 1. Blog Comments 2. Contextual Links 3. Article Links 4. Guest Posts 5. Web 2.0s 6. SAPE 7. Wiki Links 8. Ect. If you have the right KWs, or enough links, you can link with almost anything. It is not a magic number of how many of X type of links you need to use in order to rank a specific site. Some people will tell you 'build under 10 links a day OR ELSE'. If you listen to these people, you will never make as much money as you could. If you test you will learn some facts: 1. 10,000 Blog Comments in One Day can get you a penalty 2. 1 Web 2.0 in One Day can get you a penalty 3. No link building can get you a penalty (Go to Googles webmaster forum and check out people who get penguin or panda hits) The fact is, you need to test to figure out what is your 'risk tolerance' and what is too much and what is not enough. 3. You lack 'Courage' You find a juicy KW like 'pay day loans' and think if you get to page one you can make a killing. But then you come on BHW or Warrior Forum and you read that if you build more than 'X' links a day, your site will get hit. The fact is if you do not build links, your site can get hit. So, why play it safe? I know, you do not want to put on your rainbow cape and scream at the top of your lungs "Come and get me Google! My body is ready!" But at the same time, anything you may do, or may not do, may get your site hit. We also know if you do not go big, you will not make money. Lacking courage to build some darn links you will never make money. Either way you can watch your site get tanked. So build links and enjoy it while you can. 4. You rely on other people to RANK This is the last, and most important part of SEO and why you suck at it. You listen to other people and take their word as truth without testing. Or even worse, you follow a SEO Blueprint (My own thread included) without testing it. Or the cardinal sin, paying someone to do SEO for you before you know SEO. Let me put this into perspective. You come on BHW and ask, 'How many links a day are safe to build?' You will get dozens of answers. Ranging from 'as many as you like' to 'one link a day'. The truth behind all of this is no one knows. If you test you have an idea of some general rules. But nothing is guaranteed in SEO. No one has the answers 100% guaranteed. This applies to any and every sales thread or SEO you work with. You can't rely on someone else to figure out how to rank your site(s) and hand you free money. This is not realistic nor does it make sense. You need to learn how to do your own work and figure it all out.