A technique that has worked well for me is to check who links to my "competitors". This works well for a hobby site, might be less productive for a comercial site, but should still give some pointers. From Google do:
The same command works with AltaVista and AllTheWeb.
Note that "link" is singular, not plural as you might perhaps expect.
The problem I have found is that a lot of webmasters don't understand the poing of linkage, especially with a competitor, or if they do, then their boss doesn't and will refuse to link with a direct competitor. Mad, I know!
Hello Dpeper, welcome to Webmaster World and thanks for your post.
Backus is right of course with “a lot of webmasters don't understand the point of linkage” and we all battle that in some way or another. There really is an art to linking these days and one that’s best to think and plan for before you jump into it. To even begin to realize the significance of linking read through some of the horror stories about PR0 and then look for discussions about bad neighborhoods. Hopefully that won’t scare you off because linking is very important, you just have to know what it’s about and have a plan for how you’re going to approach it.
We’ve had some great discussions that are packed with helpful tips and ideas for establishing and following up on your linking strategies. Here are a few that will hopefully get you started.