Just wondered what the latest was on blog/article networks post penguin?
A competitor in my niche has managed to rank a small mini-site for some seriously competitive - brand + coupon keywords since February solely by using blog/article networks. It seems that blog/article networks can still work post Penguin.
1) What blog / article networks have been de-indexed or severely penalized post-penguin (I know BuildMyRank is gone)?
2) What blog / article networks can people recommend?
3) What link velocity is working i.e. how many referring domains per month to the same site? Obviously this will depend on the vertical and its competitiveness.
4) What level of content do people recommend? Spun content, $2 unique articles i.e. complete crap, $5 unique articles i.e. crap but some making sense
5) Other best practices
I've been out of the game for a while so your help is appreciated