Not sure if you've noticed or not, but a lot of sites have been switching over to the Web 2.0 style of doing things. This includes your local newspapers and online publications. I notice this one day about a month ago when I was reading my local paper online and a bell kind of went off in my head.
The whole process revolves around leaving comments in the appropriate sections underneath the stories.
This is what I did...
First, go to Google and type then "local newspaper" comment. This will bring up several hundred pages with listings for different local newspapers that publications online. What you want to do is to copy all these addresses and do some type of text editor for use later.
Next, you want to visit all these places and leave some type of reply under as many stories as you want with a link back to your website. Now, the traffic that you get is not always an equal sales. However, if you're linking back to say a site like Squidoo, or HubPages you can usually generate enough traffic to increase your rankings a great deal within the sites themselves. This benefit does not even include the fact that many of the newspapers that you're leaving comments on have a dofollow attribute that will allow you to generate some back links from some high PR sites.
Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking at all this takes too much time. You couldn't possibly spend a couple days gathering all this information and then going back and posting on these respective sites to make it worth your while. This is where a little but of outsourcing comes in. I've found a way to do this extremely cheap and get ready to lay it all out for you right here.
Go to a site that offers freelance services. So far, I've had my best luck with a site called odesk.com. Post an ad for a virtual assistant. Usually within a couple of hours you love several candidates applying for the job. Find the absolute cheapest one. Normally, you can find somebody is willing to work for about one dollar an hour. All you have this person do is to gather all the sites together. Even if their English is not very good or they can't write a lack it doesn't matter all you want them to do is the search for the local newspapers and copy and paste the addresses into a text editor. Normally they can complete this task within about three to four hours. So at this point you're out no more than four or five dollars.
Now take another look at the list of applicants that you have for the job. Usually, somewhere in there is none of the an applicant the charges somewhere around two or three dollars an hour that is a decent writer. You'll notice I said "decent", they don't have to be a great writer or be able to write a book or novel or anything like that. All they have to be able to do is to write a sentence or two and leave a link behind to attract some visitors to your site.
Some of the papers and publications will post comments automatically, others will have a review process in your comment may not show up for a couple days and possibly not all. So what you wanted to know, is to instruct this person to make a copy of all of the websites that allow immediate comments with no review and to keep them in a separate text file.
I have this person work anywhere from two to three hours a day so it the most money ever costs me is about nine dollars a day. I'll have this person do usually about two or three days worth of work a week.
I've noticed a huge increase in my number back links and a pretty decent surge of visitors to my different sites from using this method. It is especially worked out well for different Adsense sites and one guy that I've shared this with has passed along to me that he is had very good results in doing this with a couple of different CPA offers that he's working with.
There are definitely ways to expand on this idea if you sit down and think about it but for anybody that has a couple extra dollars in their advertising budget weekly is mighty something you want to consider.