sundaridevi - 9:50 am on May 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hell, you can do away with on-page SEO, but if you are in a competitive niche, you would be dreaming for a while.
The PR0 site is for free online videos and it ranks top 9-30 for search terms such as :
watch category movies free
watch free category movies
Where category is a word like sci-fi or adventure. Maybe you would consider this a non-competitive category.
I still haven't figured out how that site can do so well with PR0. It has backlinks from my own sites PR5 and PR3 pages (that only have 30 and 3 backlinks going off the sites -- so it is a lot of link juice being sent). It is 100% optimized for onsite SEO and has no link exchanges.
Of my 5 sites, all have improved under Panda, with a few exceptions of terms going down a few notches (but I have a formula for a fix on those terms), all have few to none reciprocal links, 2 have PR6, 2 have PR3, 1 has PR0 (4 months old).
I also notice that you say on-page, where as I optimize on-site...huge difference