Planet13 - 6:07 pm on May 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
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.
Yeah, I know what you mean.
I look at it as a challenge of developing two different kinds of content; one for visitors, and one kind for webmasters.
The first is self-explanatory.
The second kind is an "authoritative" page that is incredibly boring and answers questions that no one in their right mind would bother asking - until they see it and say, hey, I always wanted to know that. Maybe, A Timeline Of The Development of the Paperclip During the Victorian Era
I have found that if you are going to solicit links from other sites, having something that is "authoritative" can appeal to other webmasters. It's as if they think that by linking to your "scholarly" article, they will somehow enhance the authority of their own site. Maybe they feel that they are "supposed" to link to your page because it is so "authoritative."
But you do have to go out and tell them to link to your page. No one is going to link to it on their own.
And it is good to name drop as well. When I can say that this page is also linked to by Dr. Emilio Lizardo, Professor of Paperclip History at the Foo Bar School of Business, Dunderhead University, my link requests seem to get more favorable results from the John Doe's of the world.