There have been a number of threads talking about links relevant to inbound and outbounds, and what effect these were having lately. I would like to hear some of your experiences and to see if we can't find some kind of pattern.
The Beautifully Linked Site
I have one site with impeccable inbounds and outbounds: I meticulously accumulated inbound links from sites that are authoritative to the topic. I have deep links from those who are the top authorities in their field in the US, plus deep links from dmoz, too (they're not showing up, yet). Reciprocal links are all on-topic.
I have never hesitated to link out to other sites, as long as they were related contextually and would benefit the user. So I have many non-reciprocated outgoing links.
This site is sailing along, even ranking well for stuff I uploaded last week. There has been no negative impact to it.
Not-so Beautifully Linked Site
I have another site that's not so well linked. No real link partners, just the random somewhat related stuff that normal companies pick up. No bad links, just the normal partner links that any healthy corporation picks up. No outbounds, except to their business partners. Again, pretty much what you would see in a normal corporation in terms of link patterns.
I would say it's somewhat ailing.
Ok, there are any number of things that can help and hurt you, but it's kind of interesting to see the beautiful website with bullet-proof links bobbing along like nothing has happened.
And your experience?