Hi One! While I don't really have any advice for you..I would like for you to know I feel much the same way. Finding links has been a cumbersome process for me. I find a good link and then think to check back on it in a month or two only to discover I can't find it, unanswered emails, link locations changing, etc, etc,. I have thought seriously about purchasing something like arelis....however at the present I am writing original content for one of my sites and just waiting for quality requests to come in for my other sites.
I am not sure if I am hurting myself with this technique (because I know it is slow) but I will continue for now.
Dirtiest job in SEO but the most important. Try and think out of the box. Press releases, RSS feeds, PHONE CALLS. Every small step forward is a step in the right direction.
It is very important. Do it properly and you will reap the rewards later, though it may be up to a year for a new site on Google.
Try using software for this purposes - smth like "linkassistant" or "areles", as bhtn suggested - it may help
"My brain hurts just thinking about link development...it's such a tedious, boring process. How do you guys do it to drive traffic to your sites?"
Everyone hates it. I realised that a few years ago at a pubcon. Everyone whinged about it and I saw my opportunity. Now we have a nightshift and dayshift getting links. Like ryan just said, the most important job.
I found that the email address arelis would find would be dead. I had very poor responses to the emails asking for links.
It saved a bit more time butstill wasn't worth it.
Try writing articles and submiting them to article directories. Include a bio at the end with a link back to your site.
check out this thread
I'd recomment submitting Articles to Article Directories.
Also do lotta Forum participations...
Link in your Signature file does count as one One-way link to your website. but keep in mind don't just keep registering with forums, add signature and forget...
this will be stretching it too far....
I love trying to get links. It is like a treasure hunt.
>>> My brain hurts just thinking about link development...it's such a tedious, boring process. How do you guys do it to drive traffic to your sites?
Think of $,$$$,$$$ in a year or two ahead. Great push, IMHO :)
I'm with Jane - I rarely get the time to look for links, but I love doing it. Every now and then you turn up a cracker, and it makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Link hunting is a real pain. Looking for relevant on topic links hurts even more. Buying links appears to be the most efficient outlet for many businesses.
What I find most frustrating is when webmasters/site owners overvalue their text link ads. Yesterday, a webmaster called me, claiming his site was the greatest thing since sliced bread. He had 400+ outbound links, and wanted $300 a month for a link!
Some webmasters have quoted me prices in the thousands of dollars.
Bottom line is it's difficult to buy something when a market price cannot be determined. Valuing a text link can be a real challenge.