>>Nobody at a large company with a 9-5 job is going to network with every player in the industry, call them all every six months and maybe beg for some links. A small player? They can do that if they want to.
Not really. The company can hire someone to do NOTHING but network 9-5 while the small player must network and try to do everything else that must be done entirely himself.
>>>Nobody at a large company is going to spend 2 weeks doing absolutely mindnumbing labor just to get a 1/2 dozen super quality links.
Completely incorrect. Again, companies just hire people whose job it is to do nothing but the mindnumbing labor to get those links. I know many people with jobs at major corporations who do exactly that.
In fact those companies don't just hire one person to do it, they hire groups of people to do it, while the small business just has one guy who fits that in while he does a million other things.