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...Sugarrea's interview with link builders (11 including author) [sugarrae.com...]
Thanks, Hoople. That is a classic group of interviews, thoughtfully assembled and well worth some time to read through it. Our martinibuster is in top form, as are many of the other participants. I'd say it's a must read.
Also, check through some of the Eric Enge Matt Cutts interviews discussed here about where Google is drawing the line. Here's one of the best...
Google says link building is not dead, illegal or bad
You've got to be very restrained about using guest blogs for direct link building. In many cases, you may need to build traffic with nofollow links, and hope you'll get natural links from those visits. Never dictate placement or anchor text of any dofollow links you influence strongly. You're better off, IMO, unless you really know what you're doing, relying on chance anchor text, and hope your friends don't try to "help" you. Keep in mind that your old SEO instincts and temptation to tune things are likely to be seen as manipulation.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:31 pm (utc) on Jul 3, 2014]
[edit reason] removed specifics, per forum Charter [/edit]