texasville - 3:40 am on Sep 18, 2006 (gmt 0)
I have kept my links page on sites I manage but the only links on them are relevant to my visitors. As a service to them.
Article writing tho, I think does no more good. I have written a couple of articles that are now on several hundred websites in 5 languages. About half of them didn't give me the link back and all of them are supplemental with no page rank.