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Have you submitted to DMOZ? Does not hurt?
I dont know if Validator is a really handy tool. Well, as a newbie I heard about that tool for the first time only when you said it and checked it out. It pointed to a few errors, like i did not close a table tag etc, which I infact had done, at a later part of the program.
By the way, validating Google gives 50 errors.
The FIRST question to ask is: How much traffic should a site of (a) this quality, and (b) this age expect to get? 50 visits a day isn't bad for a brand-new site that does no advertising, has little content, and doesn't provide something of excellent value.
My suggestions are:
(1) Focus on quality. Make your site *truly useful*, and *better than your competitors'*.
(2) Add content. Write at least one new *quality* article per week.
(3) Link to the best related sites. It's unlikely that you're the only good source for the kind of info you have. Find the very best related sites and link to them, not just from a Links page, but from the content pages that relate to them.
(4) Ask for links from quality sites. Once your site is truly worth linking to, ask for links from the quality sites that you already linked to. Do NOT ask for a link exchange. You should link out based on merit only, not on whether someone links back to you. Do NOT threaten to remove a link because another site doesn't link back.
You will hear from naysayers here that say that link exchanges are great, but consider two things: (1) That hasn't worked for you, as you said. (2) I have *never* done link trades and I get plenty of traffic for all my various sites. I did it by focusing on building quality sites, not by begging links from other webmasters.
So do the top visited English websites. Traffic rankings taken from Alexa. Dated 12/15/05
1- yahoo 257 errors
2- msn.com 0 errors
3- google.com 51 errors
4- ebay.com 223 errors
5- passport.net 63 errors
6- amazon.com failed- no reason or numbers
7- msn.com 0 errors
8- myspace.com 49 errors
9- www.google.co.uk 48 errors
10-aol.com 270 errors