LifeinAsia - 11:38 pm on Feb 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
Not everyone is link-obsessed.
And not everyone who is obsessed with links is obsessed because of Google. In fact, a lot of people are "obsessed" with links simply because they are trying to build up non-Google sources of traffic. People asked for links and linked to other sites LONG before Google ever came into existence.
I, for one, have never paid for an incoming link (excluding advertising), nor do I have any intention of ever doing so. I will certainly never pay for the "privilege" of linking out. If anyone asks for payment for such a link, I will simply remove the link and they will lose the link juice and traffic from that link. And they will probably be added to my blacklist of sites that will never receive a link in the future.
Unless they pay me $5 for my time to process a "re-link request." :)