bluntforce - 3:57 am on Sep 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have a page that was only getting about 20 entries a day in late August. I re-inserted that page in my menu structure (I'd orphaned it 6 months ago), it now is averaging about 90 entries a day.
My take-away is that links still count. I wouldn't work with on-page content at the same time as working on links. It's probably o.k., but beyond my experimentation threshold.