I just read a post here on Active Rain about getting more links to help boost your ranking on search engines. By a strange coincidence, a friend of mine has started a new mortgage resource site. Right now he is looking for authors in the mortgage (and real estate) industry to write some consumer oriented articles about the mortgage industry.
This is a great way to gain additional links back to your own personal site as well as traffic. You can see my author's link here. There is also a real estate and mortgage directory that is accepting (for now) free submissions. So if you are looking to expand your influence on the web, here is a great opportunity. -cr