I’ve been working on SEO for a year and a month exactly and decided in my second year to focus on SEO. What a big mistake! I read a couple of books, chose an experimental website, and put what they said into practice, perhaps a bit literally. Within three days the consistent daily page views had dropped from 100 per day to 20. This site had 70% of its traffic from Google queries and received 60 clicks per day. Now it has virtually nothing! Lucky this wasn’t my main website.
Just read -http://www.rimmkaufman.com/blog/make-seo-invisible/04042012/ and it makes sense BUT, as far as keywords are concerned, it seems the way forward is to know the value of a particular set of keywords relevant to a page/comment/article but only use them if they don't interfere with the website user experience.
My relatively un-SEOed main website http://www.northcyprusfreepress.com is drawing traffic and making money but I'm wondering if I should just go back to writing and editing articles and forget about keyword SEO? Links are another matter. What do you think?