There is still a lot of debate about what you should do post Panda. The old advice is still being bandied about, and new advice would have us do nothing, and wait for the results.
IMHO forget the old advice about creating backlinks. The best suggestion I have seen is from research undertaken by Market Samurai (see Chef's offer for this software on separate thread), which is to try to achieve a balanced linking strategy. They suggest that a 'natural' looking link portfolio would see 50% of links looking like 'click here', 'see here', 'for further info' etc., 25% would have the exact URL as the link, and 25% would have 'keywords' forming a link.
My advice would be to concentrate on forming conduits for traffic to arrive at your article. Think traffic, not backlinks. If a link drives traffic, that is good. If a link is just there for the sake of having something pointing at your article, then that is not so good (maybe even bad).
So, perhaps forget about all those profile links; social bookmarking links; links on low volume forum sites etc etc. Perhaps concentrate on being active on major forum, blogs etc; utilize Reddit, Stumbleupon, Pinterest etc; interlink articles you've written or are to write at Web 2.0 sites like Wizzley, HP and Squidoo etc.; to drive a flow of traffic from them to your articles.
Remember though not to copy and paste the words used in the link, and try to follow the 50:25:25 rule above when linking.
Then utilize the social media &etc options available: Twitter, FB, Pinterest, RSS and news broadcast (Ping) to let the world know about the information you have imparted. Again use the 50:25:25 rule to achieve this.
If the world does not know your article exists, then nobody will visit. As in the real world it needs to be promoted. But, as in the real world, few people like 'junk mail' - so make sure it is promoted in a way that the audience would like to receive it.
So, remove the idea of getting backlinks by any means possible. Think more about ways to generate traffic. When traffic flows G knows about it. When G knows about it they give the link generating the flow of traffic a kudos boost, as well as giving the recipient of the flow a boost.
And remember, G is not the only game in town, and may eventually go the way of other SE's in the past - to oblivion. So, do things that will attract other SE's etc to visit and rank your article, and by this I mean use Twitter regularly for promotion, by utilizing Twitterfeed, for example.
One thing though: this is my take on the current situation. Many others will tell you different. I am not a guru, merely someone that has found, by experimentation, that certain things work. And the experiments go on.