philipjterry - 5:47 pm on Feb 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hi Wheel, I commend highly your poetic like writing style of the situation. I'm imagining you are skilled copy writer or content creator... No doubt these skills are lethal weapons in your arsenal to hunt down links.
Have you read a book called 'SPIN Selling' by Neil Rackam? I find methodologies used in this book very useful when it comes to link building and persuading people. It defines what is valuable. In other words how can I leverage the strength of my content even more...
I too have been researching ways how I can increase the value of my content, so much - to the extent that it appeals to governing bodies and educational authorities in my target niche. Or .GOV and .EDU domains that have high link equity!
Very 'random' findings of what works:
Find out what the professors actionable agenda is. In the public sector it is very rigid and structured how they conduct external business. Must be 'delicate issue' or 'hot topic', issues in society. Help them (help you). As Tom Cruise says :)
Support 'local' government iniatives/ crusades. For example 'Park n' Ride'
A directory of 'Trusted Tradesman'
A university student's CV uploading service for intern jobs
It seems that the more non-commercial you are the more chance you have as you mentioned.
Unbiased content (what are your intentions? What is your mission/ crusade?) That is what they are thinking...
I agree I don't believe what Matt conveys about build awesome content and the links will turn up on your door step... I think you still have to actively go out and get them particularly if you are in a very narrow/ weird or dull niche.
Good luck - keep us posted!