SevenCubed - 9:26 pm on Aug 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
Optimized for speed? Usability? Attracting traffic? Visitor Retention? Monetization? All of the above? Something else?
Yes all of that and so much more. Over the years I've grown tired of trying to promote WSO to the SEO crowd. It's so much easier to implement best design, development, hosting server configurations, writing (real writing, not rehashing what someone else wrote), intricate measurement of words afterward then editing until secret sauce formula is just right, so on and so on. Applying those practices one time at the beginning is better than chasing after external recognition post-development. And it produces the same results -- high placing in SERP -- with much less grief while also (mostly) withstanding the storms of perpetual algo changes.
Most of my domains rank page one with proper WSO with no backlinks or help from external sources -- and it's not due to lack of competition either. Large extended metropolitan area here with plenty of competition. Some of the domains even garner high SERP internationally for their terms even though the focus audience is local. There's no benefit in that, financially, other than to answer questions for someone.
Also successfully evades the google beast's hunger for Adwords spend.