If you are capable of producing high quality content, your efforts would be best spent contacting other respected bloggers within your industry. If you are friendly and can offer something that they want (everyone wants content), there is a good chance they will reward you by letting you plug your site at the bottom of the article. This gives them high quality content, and it gives their readers an opportunity to check out your site if they like your writing. This is a great way to get direct traffic, and it is also the way you will get your most powerful SEO links.
Whenever my partner and I enter a new market, we always make a large list of the most popular blogs/websites in the niche and try to contact each one in a personally (not vague/reusable) message complimenting aspects of their site that we like and explain why we want to work with them. This has worked very well for us, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is developing their own SEO strategy.
As long as you are making a substantial effort to make the internet a better place for Google and their users, you will be rewarded with high organic rankings.