1. anyone know of a trusted, cheap yet reliable coding team who can help me tighten up my code on the pages of my site to make them more search engine friendly?
View your pages with "Lynx" the free text browser. This will reveal how the pages appear to search engine spiders. Also, Google provides advice for web masters, such as for example only the first 600 lines are scanned.
2. what is your favorite conversion metrics "browser based" stat program/service? know any cheap yet powerful ones? I dont want to spend more than $50 a month
Try Analog. It will analyse your log files and report http requests.
3. any tried pay for traffic sites (not cpc)? or email blaster sites? are any of them trustworthy?
Stay clear of email spamming. It will only do you harm. Reliable CPM advertising can be achieved with Fastclick, or if you want free advertising take a look at "show your site", sorry I'm not allowed to post the URLs, but you can find them through Google.