I want to be clear on something...
There are several tools out there that claim to "help you with your link building" and to "better manage your link development."
Just to clarify my confusion, they are talking about link spam, right?
I mean, they are talking about managing paid-for links (or maybe begged-for links), right? Or possibly blog posts for links.
Please confirm that there's still only a handful of TYPES of links out there and that I am not missing anything:
1) Natural links received from someone stumbling across your great content (or being alerted to your great content via adwords, direct advertising, social media, email / link begging) .
2) Placed links, either in paid / unpaid directories, article farms, guest blogging, blog comments, forum profiles, wordpress theme footers, etc...
2-A) Offline Placed Links: These would be similar to Wheel's method of PICKING UP THE PHONE and volunteering either his time / expertise / money to obtain a link. (I refer to them as offline because they usually start with a phone call or a knock on the door instead of with an email or a form submission - but it is still an in-kind offer).
And that's it right? There aren't any other types of link acquisition methods that I am missing that these software programs could be referring to, are there?