All these options are making my head explode. I'm so confused. I have a regular retail site, selling regular products that I ship to customers. Simple. I used an outsourced SEO guy last year but found that he was posting/spamming links and really bad content that "cheapened' my site. I did see some increase in PR but I didn't like what he was putting out there. Plus I wanted to be able to eventually handle it all myself so I could control the quality. I'm willing to pay someone to break down their recommendations of what a good plan of attack would be. Some sample questions: -I just started using BMR and High PR Society to post articles. Is that enough? Or should I look at utilizing other backlinking services like Backlinks Genie and Scrapebox? I just started using Drip Feed Links and it's easy for me to understand, but are they necessary? -Will paying for traffic (youtube views, buying visitor traffic from one of the sites I found on here, etc) help or will I risk getting sandboxed? -I've read references about "not pointing to your money site." Well, where do I point to? My blog? Create another blog or blogs? What the hell is a link wheel? Oh god I'm so confused. I don't want to just pay a company to handle everything and be done with it, I want to be hands-on and learn too. If it means starting out using a service then learning as it goes along, fine. I'd like to do a "grey hat" approach, whatever will help but won't get me in trouble with G. Any suggestions or recommendations of services to use are greatly appreciated.