I discovered a post recently that was about link building from an aspiring SEO from FL gaining traction and getting noticed in the SEO industry. The post, which was published this past Apr, has 1178 tweets, 397 likes, 552 +1. Talk about social proof! The post is titled Link Building Strategies – The Complete List and now has a PR of 5 when the domain root has PR4. This example I think proves that it is possible to break into blogging and establish yourself.
1) Create dynamite original content
2) be creative about how you promote to ensure you get visibility (social, search, forums)
3) Make it easy to share (floating social buttons on left - always above the fold) - am working on this for my blog
If interested, Google the post title and I am pretty sure you will find it :-) The kicker, Jon, the author, is 17 and already establishing himself as a thought leader in the SEO industry. Pretty cool, heh?