Hi! I am a blogger, who desperately try to build better ranking and visitor base. I want more links pointing to my site, but am afraid of Google penalty. So how you guys build links, I mean honestly in real life.
Mainly I search for relevant sites with good neighbourhood. Then make a logical backing using my sites Tag, Title, Keywords and Description. And for blog, forum and article I always build backlink within the anchor text that looks natural.
You said you are a blogger so you have a site in blogspot.com I guess? You know Google's product is always trusted and there is no penalty of getting junk links to authority sites like Blogspot. You can try to get thousands of automated backlinks to your site from automated software or service like <DELETED>. There will be no penalty!
I know I sound like black hat but we tested this with our blogsite! There is still no penalty.