Back in 1998-'06, before all the 'standards' and marketing companies grew it was pretty easy to 'own' google. In fact, I got top 3 (mostly #1) for everything, every time, without stuffing, et al. just common sense and good form. Now there are social this and that, which bleed the focus out. There's this forum I just found, and others, there's this BS seo scheme and that marketing thing...getting links in is a convoluted mess now.
I whip sites out, and still have a wicked SEO kung-fu, but, as well all know, that takes months - self-perpetuating or not, it's still takes a while.
What are you folks doing to get links in quickly without bleeding out the message or paying some cack to bury you 3 pages deep on a 3 ranked page? I ask because, while I still whip sites out, people are calling me again to do what I used to and it's a whole new game