Yes, Social bookmarking, Directory Submission, Article Submissions, Forum Posting, Blog Commenting, Image Sharing etc. are Still Effective.
I have used these for my Client's Real Estate Website, and it showed the significant result, with these, you also need Direct Backlinks from Authoritative Blogs, which have high DA, PA.
and also look for your On-Site Optimisation,
All these Methods collectively will Help in Improving your Ranks.