Alright, so I used to make a decent income back in the day from spammy links and content-locked adult sites. Though all of my sites are since barren and expired, I have tried and tried again to 'evolve' with Big G and their ever-changing algos. Their menagerie (heh heh) of updates constantly rends the top-ranked sites until they bleed all of their link juice away, and they fall victim to a de-indexation or a really hard penalty, like I have many times. I'm struggling to make ends meet, but that's because I'm having a problem acclimating to the new standards set forth by G. I don't know if Yahoo! and Bing are "the ticket" now to rank, but I see all of this success, and I wonder why. It's not like I just rip, copy, and paste methods either... Whenever I get an idea from someone or something, I always twist it and bend it for my personal usage. I've tried many times to rank new niche sites, authority sites, adult sites, tubes, image sites, you name it. Nothing's worked. Basically, in a world where technology is advancing exponentially, will black-hat methods eventually die? And that means killing gray-hatters too. Will established authorities and big-name companies and sites like Wal-Mart, Huffington Post, Amazon, eBay, etc. always hold authority over those who are trying to offer better information? Will new algos always give you penalties, even if you were the most WH person on Earth? Sorry if it sounds like a dumb question, it's just that newer updates to things always seem to be getting closer and closer to figuring out who's really playing the game and who's just trying to cheat.