mcolom - 1:40 am on Feb 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
We're in no way SEO experts, but we've seen some good results when we improved our server response times. We lowered our loading time from 3-4 secs. to 1 sec. (as reported by WMT) and since then we've seen an steady increase in SEO visits. Not only that, but google bot is now coming to our site a LOT more. Actually, if we look at the WMT crawling stats, it seems now quite apparent that there is an inverse relation between crawling time per page and number of pages crawled everyday.
This is not something we were anticipating. Our (wild) assumption is that the google crawling system is time constrained, and they will give preference to sites that can be crawled faster.
For next year, our priorities are to work on the canonicals, as we have some duplicated content, and rewriting some content to make it unique ( it's content that came from an XML Feed).