Planet13 - 6:49 pm on Nov 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
While I think it is generally foolish to disagree with goodroi, I have to say that by increasing inbound links (and increasing page rank) many of my pages are ranking higher than ever before.
So I would not want to discourage someone from increasing inbound links from quality sites.
also, I think that inbound links help to make up part of what google considers being a "brand" and that seems to affect rankings quite a bit, too.
I hope this helps.