My message to you is simple - BE BOLD! Find AWESOME and live there.
Add that to the table showing the real costs of playing "small SEO ball" and the argument to think big is persuasive (of course I wrote it so naturally I would think that lol).
If you are tempted to play tit for tat SEO games DON'T. Google's brilliant engineer Navneet Panda killed that game. The new game is finding and living in greatness. Not easy and you may have just caught up with the old game. Sorry and welcome to Internet marketing :).