Demaestro - 11:16 pm on Feb 9, 2011 (gmt 0)
On a very basic level my stratagy is:
Quality content + quality markup = quality ranking site
Quality markup involves a lot of little things.
I almost always try for this:
<h1> being the first tag after the <body> tag with keywords.
<p> be the next element after the <h1> tag with the first 3-5 words being keywords... then the rest of the text content in <p> tags...
after content <p> tags, nav links in a <ul>....
then the skin (graphic layout) elements... in that exact order.