What you have to remember is what Google's aim is here.
They want to give surfers the best result for whatever query they type in. That means the pages that are most likely to be helpful to them, not the pages that the authors have spent the most time promoting. Any straight-forward technique that enables you to benefit your own website is, or quickly becomes, worthless ... because as soon as you can do it, so can every other website owner out there. So no, there is no kind of website where you can easily get links that will benefit you in Google. There are websites where it is difficult to get links, such as DMoz, that do benefit you, but only because they have such strict quality control.