I have been messing around with link building for a couple weeks and have found a couple interesting things. Firstly: I will use 2 sites. 1) One with a .com domain with niche keywords 2) The other on a free .wordpress domain The keyword is in the hacks niche and has approximately 14,800 exact searches each month. For my .com domain, I bought 250 web 2.0s from a service here in bhw and indexed them, and it has done literally nothing. Seems a site without pr is not worth much unless you send links to the buffer site. Anyways, I waited a couple weeks, only to see the site drop out of SERPs. Yes this was used as my tier 1 links but just as an experiment. For the free .wordpress.com site, I also had related keywords in the subdomain however I used just ScrapeBox for linkbuilding. Now I know what you are thinking. Scrapebox will just show Google that your site was spammed on other sites, and YES that is true. However, I found a great tutorial to scrape high pr .edu and .gov sites with decent OBL, and went ahead and use Scrapebox to comment on those links, some I did manual. After that, I used linklicious to index them along with some rss ping services. Nothing happened but surprisingly today I see that it is ranked #17 and is starting to climb the SERPs. So what we can learn from this: 1) Scrapebox has a lot of uses other than tier 3 or 4 2) Google respects .edu and .gov links 3) Anchor text diversity is important, I used about 3 anchor texts Not sure how long I will be ranking but definitely will keep building links and see what happens. Now manual web 2.0s with these kinds of links would definitely boost your site on competitive niches, but for smaller ones, I think this method could suffice for the time being. Maybe the .wordpress subdomain helped it rank as well? Post your experiences!