MikeNoLastName - 8:04 am on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
Links? Who GIVES LINKS these days at all (except us - if you're in our niche, and preferably a non-profit entity). We get a dozen requests a week to "exchange links" and every one of them offer to put you on a PR0 page, Not linked from ANYWHERE, linking to you via a script in exchange for a PR4 direct link. I know I'M afraid to link to most places these days, even though we used to years ago because it was helpful to our readers, simply for FEAR that they will become a "bad neighbor" next week, or next year and Google will hate us then. Google has literally totally DESTROYED linking (which was the really COOLEST thing about HTML from the day it was invented,) and it now shows in their results. Backlinks should be eliminated from the algo altogether. Who cares what the public thinks, If G wants an index, let G employees work endlessly to read and evaluate every site in it's index, like all the rest of us do with our sites.
Maybe Leo was right, there WILL be no search engines by next year :).