Screw that crap of linking for traffic. I buy paid links for organic placement, end of story. I don't give a rat's patootie if I get a visitor from paid links as long as the link gets me to the top of google. I don't want your 10 'quality' visitors a month, I want 10K visitors a month from Google.
So where's the best places to get paid links? Here's the beginner roundup:
1) Text Link Ads. I've not used them but I have read positive comments. And they're a longtime advertiser both here and at pubcon so they're sending the signals that they know what they're doing.
2) Blogsvertise. This is a newer service I got in on from another online community I'm a member of. I got onboard, bought a bunch of links, and am dang happy with what I got for the money. I also learned that when left to themselves bloggers seem to link to your site with your domain rather than fancy keywords. Interesting, and made me wonder if I shouldn't be focussing a bit more on that type of link text.
3) mildly offtopic blogs. I search for blogs in related industries. There's a goldmine there. Looking for mortgage links? find blogs by mortgage underwriters. Find the biggest company in your sector and look at their support staff. Which sector of those support staff might have blogs? What about companies that company deals with - does this take you into related sectors that might have blogs. There's plenty of solid PR4 - PR7 ontopic, regularly updated blogs out there that when approached with an offer of $50-$100 will give you a nice link on their page.
4) Dead sites. Do a search on your favorite topic. Start on page 4 and start visiting sites. Find one that looks like it was done in FP 98 and full of busted links - a great dead site. Send them an email with a $500 offer. They accept, you've got another site to give yourself a link. They decline. Respond with 'would you give me a link/presell page for $100 a year then?'. Now they're interested. There you go, solid paid link from an ontopic site. My single best incoming link I obtained this way.
The first two are nice because they provide bulk methods. The second two take time but are an untapped resource - you'll find lots of sites out there who've got no ads but are happy to take yoru $100.
Your turn :). What are the other bulk services or one-up methods of making this fast exchange of gimme a link for cash?