arras, I came to Webmaster World a couple of years ago, hat in hand, looking for advice.
And I received so much helpful advice that I don't know how I'll ever be able to thank everyone. Brett Tabke's "26 steps" was so simple, yet so effective.
Using that advice, I was able to get one of customer's sites into the #1 to #5 position on EVERY search engine for my desired terms.
Other customers' sites followed.
Now that I have my own for-profit site, I find myself in the unusual position of competing against sites I created for my clients for the same keywords.
It's not "arrogance." I'm now spending far more time trying to outrank my clients' sites for the same keywords.
And, I tell this to you honestly: the only "arrogance" I've seen is on the part of Google. Myclient.com is in the top two to five positions for the same keywords I'm working on.
And I've done far more work for Mysite.com in terms of on-page optimization, links, <h1> tags, bold tags, keyword density, inbound anchor-text links, alt tags, linked press releases, and anything else you might think of.
The only difference I can see is that Myclient.com's site has been established for nearly three years, and Mysite.com has only been around for less than one.
If you're a SEO genius and know how to bump my site four to ten positions, sticky me with your rates.
If not, then please hang around this forum for as long as I have. There's a lot to learn, perhaps more than I or anyone else can learn in a lifetime.