Following what I share here will save you a lot of time and heartache.
1. Stop buying rental links.
When you look at the cost of buying rental links its going to cost you more in the long run. I recommend you spend that money on buying "exp domains" that still have solid SEO health and overall value.
2. Unless the domain meets every requirement to the T for the project you are working on there is no need to drop $300-$500 on a domain. Especially if you are just starting out.
I was able to build 2 PBN's this week for the price of one high quality domain sold at online domain auctions.
3. When you own a PBN of 10-20 sites per network you can get over 5-15 links per website and all for your own use.
i.e. Lets say you are paying 30$ per month for a few links and you have 15 links you are paying for every month. That is damn near $450 per month on links. And the truth is most people cant spend that much per month starting out.
Now if you own a network of 10-20 sites and you get 5 links per each site you are already getting 3-6 times more links for less than what you would spend monthly. So in the long run you save yourself a shit ton of money.
4. Stop buying these damn cookie cutter affiliate sites. So many people who want to get started in SEO spend so much time building out affiliate sites and then when it comes to building links have no more capital left.
Who the hell would sell someone a website that could generate them extra $500-1k per month for $150-$200. If anyone in their right mind was making that much per site they would not be selling them. Unfortunate a lot of naive people buy into that stuff.
When the majority zigs I zag. When I got serious about SEO I started which was not too long ago, I realized that its smarter for me to build my PBN's first so I can actually have the tools I need to rank when I build the site that I want.
When you OWN your OWN PBN network you have way more leverage and you don't have to worry about being unsure if the links you are renting are actually live.
5. High quality PBN domains are now being purchased at wholesale prices. Its been going on for a while now. For the cost of renting out a $60 link you can buying up to 5 high PBN domains.