In this post I will discuss how you decide to qualify those URL links to other sites. That is, how and why you assign particular attributes to a link. This is most important if you have been paid to publish the post where the link appears.
If your blog is only a year old you may have to start with asking for lower fees to get yourself established. And I would certainly suggest doing a few free guest posts so you have work to link to in your email reply.
After a few years blogging experience you will have grown and matured where your writing and website knowledge is concerned. Perhaps it is time to give some of your older work a make over.