I think it also has a lot to do with what you offer! Do you give something that others are looking for to become members of your TE or are you just looking to increase numbers?
I think the key here is how you help people solve the problem they want answered.
You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink unless he is thirsty.
You have to know you audience you need to know what they are looking for one major thing that people are looking for whether it is on Safelists Traffic Exchanges or Viral Maiers they need leads.
They are looking for people that will join their site or buy their product those are key identify your visitors with either of those categories and they will listen to you and join you.
Yes that does come down to what others have already said in this thread know your audience and you will understand the market they are shopping in.
Create a desire in your visitors that you have what they are looking for and then monetize it and see your life change.
Now I am no expert by any means I have not yet found my pot of gold ... but that is what I am working on.
Learning from others
Trying different methods
Adding to my knowledge of online marketing.
That is why we are here to do....