Are you looking for a practical answer that would give you better result?
Start at social bookmarking sites! When your content or site is new - you can hardly find someone to risk there own Page Rank to give you a link to their site. And if that's applicable, many have done that "shortcut".
So today, while you are producing quality contents, participate on social media or bookmarking sites. Look for friends, share their contents, and ask them to share yours.
Another point - stumbleupon, technorati and other giant social media or bookmarking sites received huge traffic daily and so your story got the chance to be seen by readers.
Look for dofollow social bookmarking sites - that's the very essence. They are indexed by Google almost all the day long and so your links saved in there, make sure to use keywords correctly.
Anyway - you won't come on up instantly - it's hard work