Sgt_Kickaxe - 10:08 pm on Oct 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think SEO died horribly recently. There are some important things to do right from the start such as optimizing templates and planning internal link structures but once Google's gotten a sniff they mark your site and there's not much you can do change that.
~ You can add 10,000 AWESOME pages and search traffic will not raise much until Panda rolls out again.
~ You can get loads of solid backlinks and yet until Panda runs again see no additional traffic.
~ You can make massive changes to your site and only hurt it's rankings, not help them, until Panda rolls again.
When Panda says you're set, you're set at whatever traffic level you currently have until a new iteration rolls out... then hold on for the sudden spike or drop.
I don't like it, not one bit, as it's not a good way to ensure quality websites get their due traffic.
Google has gotten it wrong.