Internet marketing isn't easy, and there are no easy steps to success. A lot of people relied on these blog networks and that alone would make them rank on the first page; even ranked 1-3.
Google just reminded me of why I'm doing this business in the first place. It's all about hard work. And to not blame others why my business isn't succeeding. A lot of people want to find the easy route to success, and when it doesn't work, they get disappointed and at times give up. And now I under how this business and any other business works, and it's definitely not for everyone. There will be all kinds of obstacles and the beauty of it is surpassing it all. The reward will be much greater.
The great thing now is that there are a lot of opportunities when it comes to creating backlinks and to rank your site. I don't have to sit in the computer and do the same exact thing such as posting on private networks. Its given me that chance to expand with social bookmarking, blog commenting, article dir, forums, link exchange, write my unique articles without spinning them (have fun with it), buying my OWN pr blogs, etc. etc. Things I never did because I was too caught up with these paid services. A lot of these backlinks I can do for free.
Anyways, that's just my 2 cents. Have a great day everyone. Time to get my monies worth!