dertyfern - 11:27 am on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
Those needing software to research link building opportunities are not familiar enough with their space to convince others of giving them a link.
Quality link building is a bit of a no-brainer:
1. make a list of the biggest, badest, most influencial and authoritative sites in your niche
[a] when you're done with your niche, subset further...
2. find a page on their site where your own would make for a good resource
3. create outstanding content specifically for that link (oh yes, there's risk that you won't get it)
4. get high-level contact info
5. write an email that conveys the value of your site and the reasons why your target would be nuts not to link to you
Problem is that most don't want to go through the hassle of crafting a sensible approach to link building. It's far easier to automate the "research" targets and then shoot out emails that have no thought behind them.
I frankly think most links out there totally suck, passing no or little value at all, and the only ones that have a chance of making an impact are those that most others are too lazy to get--or try to get with automated solutions. Let me offer a big "thank you" to all my competitors--past, current, and future!
In the end, the quality of effort (not just time but thought, of which quality is improved by education--read a little) one puts into link building determines the quality of links one acquires.