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I rather go throught the hassles to teach a link-beginer and will not look for link professionals/companies out there as i often hear bad experience about it, ie. bad link partners, sneaky method in digging out money form your pockets ...and things like that.
It's gotten so that I immediately become skeptical the moment I see a request submitted from an email address that looks like a link broker (especially overseas ones). 90% of such links are pure junk - way off topic or on pages that ensure that the link partner never gets a worthwhile link in return.
I ignore or decline almost all requests I get from link brokers. Most of the ones I receive merely give their clients a black eye. I can't imagine that they get any webmasters to accept their requests except for those who are so blind as to accept any link exchange in the futile hope that numbers alone will benefit them.
So if you want to pay good money to (MAYBE) get some off-topic, low-quality links, hire a link broker. Personally, I'd rather train a high school or college student eager to learn a little something about web promotion than pay about the same to outsource the job to someone who's going to take a shotgun approach, irritate a lot of other webmasters, and present me with a bunch of worthless links for my money.
I apologize in advance to any reputable link brokers reading this. If you care enough about your business to be on this forum, I assume you're one of the reputable ones who actually try to give your clients and their potential link partners quality service. I'm just pretty jaded by my experience with the bad ones, whom I've found to vastly outnumber the reputable ones.
What is the best way to find a company to build links for you?
Show up at PubCon 8 in New Orleans next month. Go to the bar and ask if anyone knows anyone that can get you lots of links. Ask other people you meet during the day the same thing between sessions. If you end up getting introduced to the same link builder repeatedly, it's a good bet you have found the one you are looking for.
Not all link buiders are bad guys. Some have been in the business for a while, and are flush with repeating clients. Sometimes there is just no substitute for being there in person, this is one of those times.