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Do those 26 things, and I guarantee you that in ones years time you will call your site a success. It will be drawing between 500 and 2000 referrals a day from search engines.
I did and have seen my site blossom really well in google with outstanding results - daily referrals at present are on average 2,300 in a VERY competitive field.
I must confess when i first read the article i said to myself 12 months is a long time in this game and to start preparing now for 12 months time is a waste. Thankfully I ended up employing the tactics in April 02 and boy has the time flown.
Thanks Brett - I will be reaching for that donate button ;)
After 4 months of trying to follow the plan, my daily average hits have risen from 25 a day to over 150. I know this is small potatoes compared to many of you, but I'm in a niche market and the increase has been steady.
I don't know how much of Brett's material is in the book, but it's surely worth the purchase price just for his contributions.
My site just had its first 10,000 pageview day.
Okay, I'm very cautious about this stuff, so I've made changes very slowly, but it seems to be working since this is about 7 - 8 times the traffic I was getting when I found this place.
Keep in mind one of my first questions here was something like.... "should each page have a different title" :)
Anyhow, Thanks to all for sharing your knowledge.
In the real world, it is relatively rare. Few people know how to decently optimize a site. And very few to take the time and put in the work to do a good job of it.
To be honest I'm a bit clueless and a rookie as well, but thanks to Brett and all the other experts here, I've made huge improvements in my area, which isn't that competitive apart from a few keywords.
I suspect it comes down to things such as being quick to adapt to changes in your competitors and the search engines, being better and doing more research and planning, generating more content, perhaps taking some more risks, etc. etc. You can't go wrong with the article that's the subject of this thread, and with the Google knowledgebase.
My curiousity lies in that I have experienced good success with Google, typically within 45 -60 days of submitting, with mine and my clients sites and wonder if there is anything else I can do to accelerate of improve my rankings . However, I am not so arrogant to believe I even know a fraction of what there is to learn.
In the real world, it is relatively rare. Few people know how to decently optimize a site.
It makes me sad when I fine an excellent page or site with 'untitled' for the page title. Some average Joe or Joan has put their heart into writing up and offering some good information and they don't know something this basic.
That's one of the reasons I'm working on a building good directory for my history topic.
I wonder if I should write and tell them but I worry if it would seem rude.