smallcompany - 5:16 am on Dec 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think that G just got better in sifting through links. How much better, I will not comment on that because I don't know.
I truly believe there is nothing better than links from good websites that are earned without asking for them. Few of such from trusted sites can do miracles, I'm pretty sure. Plus, such links can prevail over bad internal stuff.