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Keep in mind that these strategies aren't in any particular order. Also, keep in mind that though it isn't always stated explicitly, we're always referring to "related" and "important" or "authoritative" sites as our targets.
Start with Basics:
Before you begin link seeking, you might want to read article, "A Linking-Campaign Primer": http://www.ericward.com/articles/primer.html. (Eric Ward, President, NetPOST and URLwire) (http://www.ericward.com)
This is by far oldest and best-known method of improving link popularity. Basically you e-mail or contact Webmaster of a site that is complementary but generally not competitive to your own. You ask them to link to your site while outlining benefits of doing so. You would generally offer to link back to them in exchange for this courtesy. Be sure you have developed genuine content on your Web site of interest to trading partner. Explain advantages to them and to their visitors by providing a link to your content. Tell them where link on your site will be or set link up in advance with stipulation that you'll be glad to leave it there if they'll add a link to you in kind. Take time to look over their site and then suggest where a link to you might be appropriate. Most importantly, personalize your e-mails! You must distinguish yourself from all spam they receive daily. If link is particularly important to you, call them personally or write them a letter or send a fax to show them you're serious. (Brent Winters with First Place Software)(http://www.webposition.com)
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