CainIV - 4:24 am on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's tough. I see this daily as well.
What is frustrating is "pen to paper"
In theory what you are doing is exactly what Google asks for.
And what the others are doing is specifically the opposite many times.
I think sometimes as link builders we might over-estimate the value of diversity in inbound links.
I believe that high value links impact the value of low level links. This means that lower level links that are sitting on the brink on trustability are considered "more" trustable by Google.
In this scenario, then, even simple profile page links, local directory links would have increased weight because of the larger links.
I would therefore suggest you actually go after easier to obtain, comprehensive profile and local links.