1. If exchanging links with context relevant sites that rank well for the term you are using can can help you because it adds relevance for that term to your own site, thereby helping it's ranking, surely that's SEO? If it's not, how exactly is it helping you?
2. The problem with the excerpt from the Google guidelines which Dan posted is that it only says that 'excessive' reciprocal linking 'can' hurt you. It doesn't say it will for sure or what effect non-excessive reciprocal linking has.
So, could a reasonable number of context relevant reciprocal links help your rankings?
Those aren't my websites, those are other ppl testing it out.
I accidentally tested it out the other day, I bought a domain and had one of my writers put a 500 word article, I then linked it from only 1 page that gets a lot of spider traffic, i use nofollow on the page because the massive amounts of outbound links on the page (its like a portfolio page), well 2 days latter its indexed in google. No pinging and no linking from any non-nofollow links.
And yes I do have a few nofollow wiki links, and yes they do help. Infact for one of my websites, everytime the mods on wiki find my link for a certain niche, I drop 3 ranks. So I have to readd it the link
So google not giving any weight to nofollow links is false. They do but its way less than a non-nofollow link. If you don't believe me than test it out yourself, don't just take matt cutts word for it.
Also, I tried avoid bringing it up, but article submission links arnt the lowest you can get. The reason being is because people take the articles off the article submission website and then use the articles on there website, and your backlinks go along with the articles. The articles are duplicate content but the links are actually pretty good.
But Im not going to debate that with you, I have money to make . But I would like to know why you think google values those links amongst the lowest?
Article submissions are dead. File them just below meta tags.
Couldn't PM you, your box is full, I just got your PM for some reason.
Thanks for the suggestions but I'm wondering what iframe? I don't use them.
I'm not sure what "use linking with the domain instead of xxxxxxxxxx.co.uk" means, the site is a subDomain of my webdesign site and the main ScrewtheEnvironment domain just points at it so how would I use it in links?
I do need to add titles etc, I've never actually done any SEO on that site.