I have been engaged in conversations on a few forums such as this, studying what works and what doesn't. No - I believe forums are designed for discussion not as a place to build backlinks as some people try.
Forums such as this and WAHM do not allow signatures to be added to posts until a certain criteria is met, in order to reduce fly bye posters. Usually there are also rules about links in posts or where you can promote you business, break any of the rules and you will be suspended or even banned. They are however great place to learn about marketing you business and at the same time get answers to questions or clarification on what works and what doesn't. But not everyone understand the advise been given out.
I having been looking at how people advertise their business in the WAHM forum nas they have one sectiob where you can advertise your business, and these are some of the headings.
This is the easiest way to make money online and you will guaranteed
7 posts with same content in last 3 days
Work from home free! Make extra money!
over 51 posts in two week
All the above posts contain exactly the same content, nothing new or informative a complete waste of time, unfortunately all they do is clog the system, I do not know why they continue.
Now compare that with my advertisement in the same part of the forum
How to Earn money from Property - Advertise Your Business - WAHM Forums - WAHM.com
(Note to moderators this link is to illustrate the point not for advertising per se)
2 posts in three days in one thread so that the reader can learn a little more about my business each time.
You need to engage the reader and earn their trust and respect, providing information which will assist them in making a decision, rather than try to wear them down with the same old tired message. It is not only forums that suffer from this mentality some people use email in a similar way.