Sometimes it is nothing but sheer effort that will get you there
In a recent chat, a guy who owns some products with affiliate programs dropped this gem about one of his affiliates
he writes the shit outta some content too, and does a ton of press releases.
He’s one of those guys that does great in seo through sheer effort, he doesnt spend too much time trying to find shortcuts or secret links, he just goes out and does it, I send him checks for all kinds of stuff, he Powns the SERPs for that product
(This is straight form a chat, typos and all)
The message is solid gold.
A lot of time is spent by people involved in SEO and affiliate marketing looking for shortcuts, hidden backdoors, the golden bullet.
When really all that you need is to put in solid, consistent effort.