Are you tweeting a lot and feel guilty of spending your time chatting instead of working? Here's the idea for you: build those links while chatting!
Here are a few best working (to me personally) ideas for you:
1. Monitor Who Discusses Your Competitors
Finding your competitors' promoters is the key to better understanding your niche as well as building the community of your own brand advocates. Twitter search works great for that (don't forget to search for recent tweets, not "top" ones).
Besides, with Twitter advanced search operators, you can filter out all the clutter and only hear what you need:
[COMPETITOR NAME -@from:COMPETITOR-USERNAME -RT]: This search will allow you to track your competitor mentions while filtering out retweets as well as your competitor's own tweets:
Find (your local) niche-specific journalists on Twitter;
Create a separate list for them to follow them closely;
Build relationships with them and maintain active contact to share your news and get cited!
3. Monitor Guest Blogging Opportunities
Like Ethan (be sure to check out his Twitter link building tips as well!), I often manage to score quite a few great guest blogging opportunities on Twitter!
The only correction to his tip would be filtering out RTs, because they tend to interfere with important results.
["guest post" OR "guest author" -RT] => to get a lot of results daily
["write for us" OR "guest bloggers" -RT] => more focused on the actual and straightforward calls for guest bloggers.
For active guest bloggers, consider tracking these opps using a separate columns in Tweetdeck.
4. Answer Questions
Another really awesome tip and one that has won our My Blog Guest quite a few powerful mentions (including one from SEOmoz, but that wasn't really me answering Rand's question on Twitter but one of our greatest users): be there to ask bloggers' questions.
Twitter search is there to help again! There's an Advanced Search option for that:
[YOUR KEYWORD ? -filter:links]
(Don't miss the space before the question mark)
-filter:links is the genius way to exclude any links from tweets leaving out only real questions (in case you want to remain focused. I am not filtering out RTs here because they help me identify how popular the question is on Twitter!)
For example, for me that would be:
"link building" OR "guest blogging" ? -filter:links
Ann Smarty is a blogger and SEO consultant and professional blogger. Check out Ann's personal project My Blog Guest - the forum meant to connect guest bloggers to blog owner for plenty of mutual benefits. Ann also provides guest blogging services.