wheel - 12:11 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)
On a more serious note, exact anchor text seems to be the way to go right now, IMHO.
Maybe. I see results in my industry, sites ranking, that no way is there the justfication from good backlinks. There is something else that is seriously weighting the rankings. (i.e. I set up a site for a client 3-5 years ago as a backup site. Threw it in a couple of directories just to get it indexed. Now it's ranking front page for some very nice terms.)
Still, not sure I would shift gears, this seems like a ranking factor that may get dialed back eventually.