@martinibuster: I am still using one of them. For the ones that I mentioned, I have only used 1 of them in their full version (ie. Link Insight). The rest I used in their trial version.
My main issue with Link Insight is that they suggest many irrelevant and unfeasible target sites. One example that it spits out is a Harvard university paper whose topic happened to be related to our vertical. But how on earth could you get a link from that kind of site?
But considering that the tool is in its early stage of development, it could be just a minor issue/bug that they could fix soon.
...a transfer of funds is usually included in those discussions?
No, no. That is not what cain is discussing. Here is what cain said:
I usually source the websites that I want to develop relationships with...
Developing relationships is the key.
There are many ways for businesses and site publishers to work together. I used to know a marketing professional who was a wizard at phoning companies in related niches, setting up a meeting and working out projects that were mutually beneficial, usually involving an exchange of publicity via each other's substantial client list. That's just one way among many that companies can work together.
What does the site lack that you can provide that does not involve a transfer a funds?