CainIV - 7:15 am on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
martini, I know you have addressed the idea of creation of your own link clique, or hub previously and I find this topic fascinating to be quite honest, and find your approach both refreshing and commonsense.
One facet of this that some people also tend to overlook is utilizing second generation links (links to the website or page that links to a competitor)
This type of approach moves you out of the link profile used by competitors.
Most often SEOs do not move that extra step in, when in fact, those are authority, aged and very scrutinizing websites in which you can create a relationship and opportunity for a link.
With the right type of safe links using nofollow from a variety of favored websites in Yahoo, one can effectively hide those authority secondaries, and the new link clique you have discussed, from prying eyes...