> "The point is that you put in $1.00 worth of effort today as a one time investment and the continually reap the benefit month after month after month, etc."
I'd temper that statement with "maybe" not "will". ;-) Maybe that one thing will be the magic thing that changes things. Or maybe its such minutia that isn't even necessary to rank well anymore, that you just wasted a Saturday afternoon. Or maybe it works out for the next 2 months until Google changes their algo again.
Sorry to sound cynical, but I've wasted a LOT of time and money in the past doing SEO by the book and probably yielding $10-12 per hour for my efforts along the way. We've even hired a well-known SEO company previously, that (after 6 months of high cost monthly fees) ultimately accomplished (wait for it) ... nothing!
I realize this is off topic. And I do appreciate the thoughts of what I could possibly do to get Google to come take a look at this site. Just trying to explain my last point and why I'm skeptical of the idea that we should do anything and everything, always. :)