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The links will come.
Hm... His site has been up for almost a year, the links are not coming. In most cases, the links will never come.
Here is what Google says about links:
Have other relevant sites link to yours.
There's nothing in there about patience.
Googlers often say things like "tell other webmasters about your site" and this is good advice. Lying on your back and waiting is not a strategy. Telling people about your site and begging for links, even manipulating people to give you a link is a viable strategy.
If you can convince someone with a relevant website to give your site a link, even if you have to grease their palm or agree to distribute their flyers in your brick and mortar store, do it.
If you're looking for one way inbounds then it generally doesn't matter. There are many websites out there selling affordable advertising through text and banner links that are hard coded links to your website. Try to get some of those into your site.
Does your site give a reason for a university to link to it? Is there something you could DO to make your site something a university would want to link to? Dig around, see what you can find.
[edited by: martinibuster at 7:52 pm (utc) on Mar. 28, 2006]
I have traded product for links (some of them for permanent links one time product exchange). I have done a mixture of cash and product, and others offered a link back from another site a run. Most though give me a free link with no strings attatched. test different ways of asking and go from there.
I find that there are a significant number of people in my industries who run enthusiast type sites that have no clue they could make money and just give links.
It certainly depends on your industry as well.
Of course my numbers would probably go way up if I were to pay more often but hey that's why i'm here.
looking for new techniques to add to my current line-up.
It sounds like most of you are recommending reciprical links along with one ways. It's my understanding that recipricals don't do you much good, as the engines devalue these to the point of them being useless and in some cases (yahoo) it can even get your site banned.
Links from relevant partners (note the qualification) can bring traffic which can help offset a reliance on search engines.
My view on and experience with reciprocal links is also different from yours, but it depends what you mean when you say "don't do you much good" and the method that you are using.
Martinibuster, as is often the case on this subject, is spot on when he talks about doing something that other people would want (which applies whether you are aiming for one-ways or reciprocal links).
As far as buying advertising space on sites what should I Google to find these sites?
Try "text link broker" or "link brokerage"
How much should I expect to pay?
Amywhere from 5$ a month to 5000$ a month and up, depending on the site's page rank, popularity, number of links, position etc.