I'm pretty much just starting out with my own site and wanted to know what is the best way to get people coming to your forum. I know once I get a few regular posters it'll get going fine but to start out, it's kinda rough getting people.
So, let the suggestions flow!
Have you submitted your site onto search engines? I think the best way to bring people is by word of mouth. You got to have something that makes them want to come back for more and more. What type of forums is it?
What I do is hold contests. People love free stuff and will freely send people as referals for free loot.
If its a niche: offer them a free ebook or something when they join.
Also, go to phpBB and search for 'Referral Plus' and 'Cash Mod'
The first mod makes it easy for users to refer friends to your forum, the second gives users forum money (probably the same script frihost uses....) that you could let them spend on something..... custom avatars/titles, or if you're site actually sells something, offer them discounts if they earn enough money.
Referral Plus and Cash Mod can easily be linked, so they can also earn forum money for referring friends...