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The focus here, at all times, is to help other members, not just to promote your product. Your link is in your signature, so unless someone asks you a specific question, you get far better results from being helpful than you do by posting forum spam that gets deleted anyway.
3- Lurk, Listen and Learn
If you've been around forums at all, you already know that there are often 8 to ten times more people registered and not posting than there are people who actually visit and participate.
Reading without ever posting is commonly known as "lurking". I usually suggest that at least for first week, you should monitor community you wish to join in this way, just reading posts, and learning personality of forum you'd like to post in - this keeps you from committing any faux pas that might have you corrected by another member, or even worse, banned.
Sometimes you'll find a forum that is appropriate to read, but doesn't seem like right place for commercial posting. Or you might find that you're there to learn and not to teach - or maybe you just don't have time to post as you'd like to. You can still learn a lot by being a lurker.
When lurking in forums, your primary job is to listen (figuratively speaking) and learn. Again, pay attention to questions that come up repeatedly over course of a month or so. Be on look out for rumored product or technology developments. Find out who is resident expert - maybe this is key person for an interview you want to do, or an affiliate program you can join.
The most important thing you can learn from this exercise is what annoyances your market is experiencing. If you sell cat furniture, and you find out that a common complaint is availability in remote markets, maybe you can change your shipping policy to add international ordering and increase scope of your business.
Anywhere you can fit a solution to a problem can bring you sales you need. You may find out that you need to change your product, to enhance it, or perhaps to take out features your prospects just aren't interested in.
This is a good solution when you have time to visit forums and post or read. As you become more busy, you'll find yourself at forums less and less as a poster, so this isn't necessarily a permanent solution. However, if you follow these steps correctly, you'll soon have traffic to foster more community relations at your own site as well.
Tinu is a website promotion specialist who posts free information on a variety of traffic tips in her blog at http://www.freetraffictip.com .