So I keep reading posts on here of people losing rankings recently with many of their sites (Yes, this includes my sites as well). I had several sites dropped from their #1 spots (which they held for like 6 months) to #5-#10 and some all the way to pages 5-6. From reading the posts here it seems that people have concluded that G has devalued links from article directories, blog comments, profile backlinks, social bookmarking, etc. (these were pretty much the type of links I had been using for my sites that were dropped). People are also mentioning that any type of linkwheels created (automated or manually) are also not strong as well. So this leads me to my question of what exactly is working now? If pretty much all the methods that most of us use to backlinks are no longer valued, then how do we increase the ranks of those sites that lost their rankings and for new sites we want to rank? I was going to start a few different types of linkwheel methods to get my sites ranking high again, but not sure if it is worth the time. Just hearing so much back and forth from people that it does work and it does not work. Getting really confused now how exactly what method to take from here on. What is your take on your matter?