CainIV - 3:22 am on Jul 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
Link prospecting is the toughest part of the job. The more you can cost effectively delegate that part of the workflow - while staying accurate and relevant in targeting, the better you will do when you sift watery sand down to gold.
We use tools, others hire workers to do it. I think workers do a better job but in the end ultimately *might* cost more.
The days of 'cost effective' link building are over in my opinion unless you are working in a very small niche.
I would suggest you simply be the best in your niche, and show everyone how you are the best, and then tell others about it. That will always attract links, done right.