So how do you get links?
Really it's no secret:
1. Build awesome content.
2. Wait for awesome people to link to it.
You can speed up process (2) by reaching out to top people in your niche. But unless you have (1), don't hassle the people in (2).
Does this work? Absolutely!
I built Niche Laboratory in 2014. It didn't actually get that much traffic for around 2 years. Then a C List make-money-online blogger included it in his roundup of the best keyword tools of 2016.
I got so much freaking traffic from that one blog article! In fact around 20% of my entire referral traffic was from that one article!
So quite apart from link juice and stuff, the actual human traffic I got from that single article was valuable in itself.
Thank goodness I didn't get a link from an A Lister - my hosting account would have melted!!!
More threads for you to read and post comments on.
Stuck for niche ideas? Try writing down everything you've done in the last year, then narrowing down that list to 2-3 things you'd enjoy blogging about. You don't even need to be an expert in these things, but it is useful if you have a desire to learn more about them.