In my niche I have been doing some quite extensive backlink profiles - trying to see why the Top 10 are where they are, and why I am not! Every single one of the Top 10 in my niche are where they are through paid directory listings. Fake purchased sites (that are so damn obvious) and same-network links. This has been the case for a long time. I was the only one penalised in the Sept update, and yet I was the only one who didn't do it! So - do I join them, or do I still sit it out and hope when the new changes come in along in they all get booted and banned and I jump back up again? (I have been waiting months!) For a two week period in April I jumped up to 1st place (with no extra work on my part, no change in site or backlink profile). I hope this is G's testing and sign of things to come..... .......but would you go down the same road?