mark_roach - 12:16 pm on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
I would say 2-3 in content links to your site look natural as long as there are other links to other sites also in the content. If yours is the only site linked to in the article then I think it just looks like an advertorial.
Pretty easy for a SE to spot that and devalue those links in the future if they choose to do so. I bet they still work at the moment though.
Wheel from reading your posts you appear to be in it for the long haul so your strategy is probably the best in the long term. But I suspect you are missing out on the current (potentialy short term) benefits. Sometimes it is possible to be too far ahead of the curve.