jkwilson78 - 1:16 pm on Mar 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
To add some more fuel to the anochor text debate:
I have a site that I pretty much abandoned a few years ago. I noticed 2-3 months ago that it had started ranking on page 2-3 for some of the main keywords in the niche.
So I decided to have some fun and get some cheap anchor text specific links....lots of them....junk links....on off topic pages....
As a result rankings have shot up to page one across the board for the keywords targeted by the anchor text of the links.
The most recent ranking boost has come since Google has made this announcement with some rankings going from bottom of page one to the top 5.
Either Google has not yet rolled out some of these changes or I really doubt anchor text is what has been devalued.