CainIV - 7:27 am on Mar 9, 2010 (gmt 0)
Nice study Wheel. Will be neat to see the evolution of rankings as you pursue this forward.
I, too build everything by hand, both for my businesses and for clients. However, I did learn many things during the course of doing this, one of which is to think and strategize before starting the work, have measurable goals, and work as 'smart as possible'.
One angle that always interested me was finding ways to reduce the amount of time it takes to research authority links. Some parts of finding the right websites to contact are simply number crunching. Given the right numbers, and the right metrics and using those numbers correctly, cuts total time significantly and leaves with you with a strong list from which to work your magic :