The Pandas in Town and He’s Not Cute and Cuddly
I particularly enjoy that they released that panda update as it puts the hurt on some of the techniques which are being exploited and dirtying up the web. Although many of the techniques which were working in the past are still currently working they simply are not as effective as others are now.
For example contextual links which are embedded within a article of a particular site will be counted higher now compared to sidebar links. So as long as you’re distributing content with your links embedded in focusing around distribution of high quality material/information/articles you should be seeing higher rankings and more traffic thanks to panda bear.