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This are some factors that I think I need to check.
number of links per page
keywords on title, h1, h2, links
www , non-www
Also, what´s the difference of traffic I could spect from going from #9 to #1? Right now I get 200 referrals a day from Yahoo, what would I get from being number #1 on Yahoo serps?
As a rule of thumb, you're not competing unless you're one, two or three on Yahoo. Traffic tends to drop off in huge gaps from #3 to #9, but at least you're in the game and on the first page.
Concentrate on these factors first:
1) Inbound links with your search term in the anchor text.
(Get these links from sites that Slurp likes to crawl to speed up the process.)
2) Unique titles
3) Unique content
4) Avoid meta stuffing
5) Update stale pages with fresh content
6) All the other steps you've listed
If you've got a site that Slurp doesn't view as duplicate content and you've got strong links pointing to it, you'll rank better.
I wish I could give you the secret sauce outright and blatantly but we’re all selling widgets here and I can not give up my entire advantage.
Stay the white hat course and the algorithms will come around. Should you choose black hat methods, do not plan on being in business for the long run. Design for the user first and Slurp should be able to pick through your keyword density.
Yahoo and Google are only getting better at stamping out the vineyards.
There's a product out there that lets you check your competitor's traffic. You can see who’s getting all the traffic from what keywords and where they rank naturally and/or paid.
Can you pm me the name of this procut? I sounds like a very nice tool.
what´s the difference of traffic I could spect from going from #9 to #1? Right now I get 200 referrals a day from Yahoo, what would I get from being number #1 on Yahoo serps?
Not that this really answers your question, but with our humble experience we'd guess that this would mostly depend on how many relevant results there are in the top results. If all top 10 results are companies just like yours, I'd expect a considerable change if you go from #9 to #1, all other things being equal. (If you have an ugly site, hypothetically, that's #1, and the other 9 are pretty, that might prove an exception.)
Yahoo & MSN love on-page optimization right? Google loves links which is hardest part of SEO.
True ... but many people use this premise as a means to argue that Google is hardest to spam, and we have found this to be absolutely untrue, at least in our fields, since "important-to-Google" sites tend to have a significant advantage for every word they contain. We get the sand beaten right out of us by spam in almost every topic in Google—because Google sees things in black and white: a site is either important or it isn't. If I create a site with hundreds of pages all about me, john-doe-example.com, this site will be beaten in Google by any "important" site that mentions my name one single time just to sell you a poster of me that doesn't even really exist.
Where we have no real competition, only spam, we usually rank in the top 10 in MSN and Yahoo. These same sites rank between 200-300 in Google.
I'm not suggesting you were going down that evil road, but I'm just bringing this up as something to consider.