My view is that nothing seems to work as well as it used to, but I'd say that a high quality article on Hub Pages, Ezine, Squidoo, Knoji, Yahoo Voices, eHow, etc has more effect than say blog commenting, directory submission, social bookmarking, forum signatures, profile links, or pretty much anything else that I've heard about.
The only thing that I think might work better than that is guest posting, (which I'm having trouble figuring out how to do), and social media shares to make the link profile seem natural.
Can people please share on this thread what exactly they do to get good rankings, like starting from scratch, and explaining the sites they use, and how they do it?
My approach is to make a page, or blog post, and then share it to my social connections on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Linked In, and then write an article or five on the best sites I have access to, like Hub Pages, Yahoo Voices, Squidoo, Knoji, Info Barrel, and then make back links to those pages from like Triond and Typepad and Blogger and Wordpress.com.
It's not working as well as I would like, and paid blog posts aren't working so well, I need to get specific details of what people do that works.