This is How You Get Links
I was asked frequently to sell links on sites like HuffingtonPost to sites that are into marketing. They want some authority, juicy links etc. That is why they need those mentions.
I visit their site and I see same old shitty, recycled, junk, spammy piece of crap that you see every day. Sometimes they have a blog, but articles are mediocre in best case scenario.
So I say NO, because I know editors wont be happy. They will probably see through our attempt and article will be declined.
Then I stumble upon a great site Like Did It and I need to write about it. And that is how you get links. This one is for free. Who ever designed that site, here is a hand. Great job.