Sgt_Kickaxe - 1:34 am on Oct 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
I like the tried and true method of making sure my page is more useful or informative than what is available in the Google top 10. I find that putting in the extra effort to accomplish that means I am usually part of that top 10 within short order.
Build for quality, the rest will follow(it really will). You can increase your build time by cutting back on how much time you spend on stats tracking. I think the best approach is to build for #1 and then go back to look at stats only if you missed the top 10 after a month or so, on a page by page basis. You will figure out how to improve THAT page and learn from it to improve other pages moving forward.