CainIV - 7:13 am on Dec 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Link beg works very well. It's important to use all manual tactics in the beg only.
The benefits far outweigh the time spent. First impressions are everything, and myself have turned down countless poor quality requests for bonified link additions to my own websites because they were done poorly - even though the websites presented were high quality.
The goal is to build links not to please everyone.
The goal is to build relationships by providing value.
In fact the goal is to provide value first.