There seems to be a lot of differing opinions and experience regarding building links, and some people feel that building the wrong kind of links can have negative effect on SEO efforts.
Myself, I'm on the fence here, not sure what to think yet until I gain some more experience.
If it is possible to lose rankings due to poor backlinking methods, why aren't people blasting tough competitor sites with thousands of spam comments (just as an example) using some of the usual suspect software to do so?
Has anybody ever tried to knock a competitor out of the SERPS by blasting their sites with a bunch of supposedly lousy links, with any sort of results?
I'm really curious if anybody really has every tried this. I myself haven't. But I'm thinking about trying it once to see what happens.
I run across a lot of thin affiliate sites that rank well when I'm doing keyword/niche research, and I'm considering maybe just taking one of those sites I've recently run across and blasting it with some mass links, just to see what happens.