Originally Posted by Artashes
You'd be surprised how well forums drive traffic. Imagine posting the same review on 50 webmaster boards. If each results in just 10 clicks on average, that's 500 real visitors + backlinks.
Well yeah, 80% of my referrals are from forums. Have some good discussions, give, learn, and genuinely build the community and you'll get TONS of hits just from your signature. It's a long term investment(time), that gives back in many ways.
1 link in 50 forums even once a month isn't as good as the consistency you'll get from actual participation IMO.