Was chatting with Martinibuster today (thanks!) and got re-energized in link building, specifically link begging. I've been having some difficulties getting links these days, so I'm going old school again. Here's what I'm doing over the next month.
1) I'm going looking in the really old 2000 era directories specific to my niche.
2) I'm going to run Xenu link sleuth on the directories to find broken links (again, these will be links to sites in my niche). i.e. I'll build a list of defunct sites in my niche.
3) I'm going to find sites that link TOO those defunct sites, i.e. busted links on other sites.
4) I'm going link begging. Basically saying "hey, you got a busted link. And while you're fixing your web page, howzabout hookin' me up?'.
There's a site I've been wanting a link from for years, found a busted link on it tonite. He's going to get his third link request email from me tomorrow :).