While searching the forum for tips on what type of backlinks people are finding work nowadays it is pretty hard to find a consistent positve answer.
There is the answers that seem to crop up where people must just copy and paste a list of every type of backlink you could possibly make which is great if you want to know a list of every type of backlink you can make, but if the question is what type of backlinks actually work and are worth spending time making then that sort of answer doesn't really help.
Article directories - the general feeling seems to be they hold a lot less value nowadays and they want unique content and the same seems to be thought about Web 2.0 sites - if they carry verry little weight nowadays then is it really viable to create for example 10 unique articles to be used for the purpose of gaining a backlink when your going after a keyword with 1500 monthly searches?
Forum profiles and posts, blog comments, image comments don't seem too popular on here either.
The one thing that does seem consistently popular is guest blogging but this then goes back to my point above about it being viable to create lots of unique articles to backlink for a page focused around a keyword which gets less than 2000 monthly searches.
I'm by no means lazy and have no problem creating backlinks manually but time is money and I want to know I am making the best use of my time.
So the question is really what backlink methods are people using nowadays, specifically people aiming at the lower search/competion keywords?