To begin the argument, I would like to say that I have been in the SEO business for almost a year, I've read a lot about SEO, and I've messed up more than once, I know that Google changes its algorithm, I know the main standards for ranking, I totally understand the black/white hat strategies!!!
BUT, what I still don't understand is that working hard on one niche keyword and trying your best to rank it to get to the top is really becoming a nightmare!!!
Now here's what I'm trying to figure out:
1- Does Google really penalize the blackhat SEO or this is just a fantasy?
2- How on earth a website with no backlinks of whatsoever, no social signals, no high domain and page authority... can dominate the very first position on google?
Please provide me with valuable information, cuz I think I've had enough with similar explanations that I find on the web.