turbocharged - 1:18 am on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
But the algo is still mainly based on links, so Google needs us linking.
I think Google is well beyond the point of needing us for linking. Their algo, which once relied on links, is now more focused on generating revenue. Extreme domain crowding, paid ads and listings for other Google owned properties has pushed a somewhat diversified set of organic search results beneath the fold for many semi-competitive+ queries.
For off the wall search queries, Google may be more reliant on links. But I believe right now it is who that is least penalized that will appear at the top of the search results, which in 2013 is likely to be beneath paid ads, youtube videos and big brands. In other words, beneath the fold where little organic traffic originates from and where little effort has to be put forth by Google to "please" their users.