Well, let me start off saying, from what I've read here already, to promote my blog I need to do a lot of article submission, pinging, Social Bookmarking and stuff. But, I want to know, if I'm posting on forums with a link to my blog in my signature, would that be good for a lot of backlinks, or would those not count. I'm a bit lost with this, lol. I'm trying to get a pagerank 8 blog (not sure if it's possible, and if it is, it would probably take a while). So, for a beginner, I would like to know if you have any other recommendations besides: article submission and social bookmarking. Those are the only ways to build backlinks that I know of.