My recipe has changed. No matter what the talking heads say, this is working for me and many clients. I truly believe there are many ways you can slice your tactical pie and still get results...this IS working for me though.
PS - You don't always have to look for SEO strategies from the industry blogs ...I've always thought that the very best SEO strategies are found and created at the 'front line'...where the boutique and independent SEO professionals create based on what the SEE vs what they READ. For example, I know authorship and social signals from G+ help for rankings (no matter what the 'studies' say)..its a fact as far as I'm concerned because I can see it across my portfolio of clients.
The best SEO strategies have not been published about yet, because you (yeah YOU, SEO guy or gal) have not created them yet!