I wrote articles, not backlinks. You know what I mean! I'm not saying that your article has to be 1000+ words (although the scrapers like them), but focus on writing a greating article, not on getting a keyword off of your to write list. Why was this powerful? They got moved to the most viewed of the category, which got me more views. They were used by others or linked to, which helped my sales. After all, we put dollars in the bank, not CTR. Instead of seeing how many articles you can write per day (I used to do 30!), write one great article.
I bet you'll get more traffic, more backlinks, and (depending on your site), more sales. Try it!