Yet, we still want to rank higher...hmm, that doesn't make a lot of sense, but the way that I get new blogs to a high page rank within 4 months(currently a PR3, looking to be a PR4 by the end of this next update) is this:
I don't just chase dofollow links. Forget about dofollow and nofollow. Most people won't touch a nofollow blog with a ten foot pole because of no link juice coming from that site for Google.
Don't be a racist! lol! They way I get all of my new blogs to a high page rank is to comment on every site I come across. PR0-PR8's & 9's! If you have a mindset of just getting dofollow links then you have the possibility of getting slapped by Google because of the mismatch in links.
Nofollow links are the protectors of your site. Having an equal balance of nofollow and dofollow links coming into your site is the best strategy of all. Stop looking for only dofollow links...join a nofollow forum like DaniWeb.com post on nofollow sites with high traffic like Darren Rowse's ProBlogger.net and John Chow's JohnChow.com. Making a comment that contributes to the conversation will get you some quick traffic and possibly faithful readers!