Now, I really want to help these businesses but it always takes me a lot of time to build links to the site.
Seriously after many hours, maybe only a few decent links. I have to search for similar sites that aren't direct competition, email them, write an unique article for them in exchange for a link, and send it to them. I can only put so much time into it because I get paid by the hour (and its not much by the way, actually its terrible). When the end of the month comes around, those few links don't really show much of an increase in traffic.
Sometime, they hardly see any improvement in traffic because it was only a few links and say why did I pay all this money and no real difference?
I mean, how much do people charge and how are most SEO's using their time more effectively to get links?
I though SEO was a very profitable career.
Any tips please?