Hi Fellas This is mostly relevant to affiliate sites. I've been around this community for quite a few years now and it seems a lot of people haven't discovered the real secret to websites with high rankings and low amount of links. Why am i telling you this? Because it is not a magic pill and it benefits the user's experience using Google anyway. Something I discovered which you should know first. I believe that the algorithm Google uses treats different keywords/sectors of search differently. For example, Google treats websites/search results for "Acai berry juice pills" differently than it does "home made orange juice" and "how to grow a tree". Google will look at the intention behind a search query and the type of websites that target that query. So chasing a "buy" keyword is different from chasing a "how to". There are all different types of searches and Google's algo treats them differently. What this means is that what you did to rank for X website may need an adjustment if you plan to action the same strategy to another niche. So what's the secret? Basically, the secret is that you don't let Google know you are an affiliate. You have to play the long term game. 1 years is the mark before a website will become authority(1-5 top rankings for all pages). Now this doesn't mean you can't reach the first page with our normal spammy sites. You can, but i'm guessing most of you have hit the "invisible wall" at some point which you can't push past? The best example I have for you is my old old site what-is-thrush.com You type in any thrush related keyword and it is number 1 above the NHS, Wikipedia, BBC, mayoclinic. For nearly every keyword. It receives 2,000 uniques a day and unfortunately it is not mine anymore because I sold it after a year(bummer!). So the secret... in essence, you have to mimic a non-profit website. You content has to be spot on. Hire a writer to write 700 word articles and then edit them to make sure they make perfect sense and would actually help the people who visit your site. Why do this? Because once you get closer to the first page in Google they will manually assess your website, especially if you run adsense. The person who makes the assessment WILL give you a negative trust-score if they believe your website is simply there to channel users into your affiliate links. So play the game and pretend to be non-profit. Did you know the advertisements on your website affect your Google ranking? If you have crappy dating or acai berry adverts on your website then Google will mark your quality down. Build links moderately. The rules to follow when building backlinks are these; Make sure the anchor text is varied. Also make sure the anchor text is not just exact keywords. Overlap your anchor text with the sentence it is in. E.G. You can find out more about acai berry here. Also, don't vary your anchor text too much. It has to be relevant. Also try to build small numbers of links reguarly. Whatever you do don't blast 100k links to blogs with 1,000 outbound links already on them. Google is sneaky, they do not "deindex" your website. They simply make it EXTRA HARD for your particular website to rank highly. Make sure the template is user friendly. Google now scans the whole website with it's recent update, including the template. So in a nutshell, simply make a website which helps users with a certain topic, ensure the content is great, leave it for around 3-5 months while building small amounts of baclinks regularly. After the website begins toh it the first page, add your affiliate links. What is thrush was on the first page for it's search queries with around 100-200 links. Since then the new owner has been paying for seo services and has around 1,00 now. I've tested this with many websites and it all comes down to simply providing a really good website which helps users with their problems. Once Google has manually vetted your site and you are hitting page 1 you can begin earning money form it. It is the true secret. You hardly need many links at all. To help prove it to you, i'll reveal one of my sites. It is a blog about facebook games. In 1,8 billion competing pages I am number 7-10 in the world for the keyword "facebook games". With 550-600 backlinks. I also own affiliate sites which I didn't follow ym own rules on and no matter how many backlinks I create they won't move. Google's sneaky work So that's the secret. Good content, good site, aged, no aff links and moderate backlinks.