wheel - 6:24 pm on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
Have content that is so good that people will WANT to link to you naturally, and you won't have to ask for links.
This used to work for me. It was very difficult, but could be done. I created content nobody else had before or since. Made my site better, got links, etc.
This no longer works for me. I get 0 new links as the result of content. I read posts from goodroi and think "awesome idea!" then realize they just don't work in my niche anymore. There's still new, unique, and interesting content even in the competitive niches, but I don't bother creating it for links directly.
I am now forced to address the question "why would someone link to me?". And having content is not the only reason someone would link to me.
Cash transactions is certainly one, but not the only one.