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Is there a good resource for this?
Most important step however for you is to acquire links from pages with as high PR as possible.
Hope that gives you a start!
Key points of importance:
1) lots of content
2) plenty of links from related sites
3) listings in the major directories, e.g. ODP and possibly Yahoo if you want to spend the money
4) make sure Google can see the whole of your site
5) link your deep pages back to your homepage
Here are a few threads for you to peruse when you have some time:
Also, remember that PageRank isn't everything! Concentrate on content, content and more content. People will link to you if there is something worth linking to. Hope this helps.
I'd heard that using absolute (or is it relative?) links is bad, because if you change you domain name, then you have to go back and change every link...