Came across an interesting thread on Digitalpoint today talking about the past ranking success some of the members have been able to accomplish. Members are sharing first ranking success and some of the tactics used to get there. Besides the chatter, its turned out to be a pretty active and interesting thread. Someone though I think needs to put a disclaimer that MSN doesn't count in this thread, its too easy.
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