I don't know if I posted this before, so forgive me if I have.
I am working on a site that has decent PR
of 4 (should be 5 as soon as my 20+ backlinks get indexed). All the sites that I get to link to this site are industry sites, but I am still get murdered in the SERPS due to a few sites that have link exchanges with any tom dick or harry. I mean this site links to everything from actors, to pool supplies, to insurance.
It is hard for me to convince this client to link to other industry sites, and personally I don't like the idea of just linking to sites outside of the industry.
What do you guys do in situations like this?
I think my strategy may be better in the long haul, as Google will eventually find a way to penalize sites with thousands of arbitrary links, so in the long haul I feel that I'll be ok (but I obviously can't wait on this),
I continue to find industry sites to link to the site in question, but this approach takes a whole lot longer than just linking to 500 people willing to swap links on just about any topic. Throw in this whole sandbox issue and I don't know what is effecting what right now.