I second all of the above. I also do quite a bit of backlinking BY HAND. I don`t mind at all, and I have complete control over where my links fall, what Page Rank sites I comment on and I can make sure that my comments are genuine, relevant and actually contribute to the pages where I post the links.
I would also recommend that anyone starting an online business do some rudimentary research into SEO or search engine optimization. You can get organic traffic to your site if you build your site well, keep the content fresh and use easy SEO tactics to increase your site`s rankins in the search engines.
Something that has worked very well for me is to write articles about my niche and post those articles to article submission sites like ezine articles and Goarticles and Squidoo. I then create backlinks to those articles, and each article has a link to my site. When the articles are popular, you receive traffic from them and it`s great! Of course, I do keyword research using Micro Niche Finder
first, to make my campaigns as successful as possible. I find a great keyword using Micro Niche Finder, then write an article about the keyword and using the keyword in the title, then I use that keyword in the backlinks I create for my article and my site. Before I know it, I rank on the first page of Google for those long-tail keywords and I`m bursting with traffic and business!