tradewinds - 6:19 pm on May 6, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: tradewinds at 6:32 pm (utc) on May 6, 2010]
TheMadScientist: I just realized a flaw in my thinking. What I could do in the situation in my original post is contact the forum owner, be upfront about my website/intentions and perhaps negotiate a deal that involves regular, quality contributions. After that it would be up to the forum owner to see whether I'm worth it. Reminder to self: internet marketing is about interacting with PEOPLE and relationships.
pageoneresults: I have to say I agree with the use of profile links over signatures for quality branding/marketing. The lack of signatures in WW is probably a contributing factor in its popularity and quality.
By the way, I just noticed a very, very relevant thread made back in 2007
[edited by: tradewinds at 6:32 pm (utc) on May 6, 2010]