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The last step would be to gather contact information for qualified sites.
For smaller campaigns
It would put the report in a spreadsheet.
For larger campaigns
It would drop this information into a database suitable for a mass mailing.
I don't give a toss about PR
All too often we see people post in these forums that they've got a PR7 page and 10,000 backlinks but someone with a PR3 and a measley 500 backlinks is kicking their SERPy butt. When you take a look, the 10,000 backlinks are coming from 5 unique domains (including their own) and the 500 links are all coming from unique domains.
PR and link popularity are two different things. When you have the latter, it's hard to beat, no matter what the PR of the other site.
Theoretical speculations on the process of getting links is a technically different subject matter than the features one might like to see in a linking soft, regardless of whether the process should drive the design, and should go in their own thread, but I hate starting threads, so I just hijack them.
At the risk of stating the obvious, I would concentrate on automating the parts of the process that are most amenable to automation--collecting relevant data and putting it into a format where a human being can quickly and easily make decisions and act on those decision.
Back on topic..
* Reminders to check links and resubmit when links were not added or directory submissions rejected.
* Serverside code to automate placing links if you want to link to someone else.
It doesn't do any PR calculations because I don't care much for PR and it doesn't have a spider yet. Other than that, it does a lot of other things like:
1. Allowing different levels of user access/permissions
2. Keeps track of important metrics of link seekers like emails sent, emails converted, forms submitted, approved link partners, disapproved partners, pending recip link partners, etc.
3. Scalable to 1000s of websites on different hosts and 100s of link seekers.
4. Limits emails sent out to the same domain and allows recipients to opt-out.
5. Can import CSV files of websites/email addresses.
I built the software for the management of my own sites and I never thought about commercializing it. If you built custom software, would you keep it to yourself or commercialize it? Thus far, I thought it was a competitive advantage to keep the software to myself, but I also see value in having lots of webmasters use it.
How much do you reckon a tool incorporating all the features suggested would be worth per month & whats the likely potential number of users?
Can there be more than 500 people/geeks (such as myself) globally who would use a tool like this regularly?
Bearing in mind that this could also be used for some heavy duty online competitor/market analysis rather than just link building.
1) Ability to paste html code to link other sites as well as detection of the anchor: url: description formula
That would be great help. Softwares like arelis forces you to manually enter url, anchor, description, even when you have a copy paste code to add 10 sites at once!
I't could be nice to add the code and have all those sites added in your database ready to link.
2)Ability to check your partners if they are linking to you entering the domain. Most of softwares detect the link when you put the exact url only. But link partners sometimes move your link (or delete it).