Okay... So you're saying the best bet is to skip the SEO game entirely?? Or is there a better/simpler/safer/cheaper way to DIY that comes with something that vaguely resembles a bloody manual?
I'm not adverse to doing myself, I'd just like to know how many of my current assumptions regarding the topic are total crap ... Before I light a match...
Well-l-l-l ... I wouldn't say skip it entirely. The idea of buying relevant domains, then 301 to your current domain is quite valid. I'd personally rather find a valid domain more relevant to your purpose, then 301 the current site to that one, make it the active site. However, I don't have any valid data on that scenario anent what it might do to current rankings. I've seen supposition that such a procedure is viable, but have no hard (?) evidence to that end.
Setting up Web sites for the sole function of adding one-way links to boost your current domain is definitely black-hat, and will come back to bite ya in da butt. However getting links - even reciprocal links - from sites that have some relevancy to your site is a definite plus. One-way links are better, but reciprocal works.
Look, I have collected, over the years, a number of docs - some executables, most PDFs - on SEO. Most of 'em are aimed at one (1) to three (3) page sales sites, but the principles involved, once you filter out the sell now
crap, are fairly straightforward. Some drudgery involved - keyword maximizing, long-tail keywords, and the like - but the information in them is basically sound, if you disregard the rank now
emphasis. If you like, message me - I'll upload them to a Web page and give you the address. Caveat: I can only put up the ones that I have the rights for, and I'm not gonna upload the black-hat stuff. (I know business ethics is an oxymoron, but business morals shouldn't be
.) There'll be a lot of junk there, and a lot not relevant to your aims, but you should be able to scan the info, find what seems relevant, then concentrate on that. Don't know that it'll be that much help, but you might get some ideas, maybe even some inspiration
Lemme know (My old English teacher would kill me for that
Edit: On the other hand, you might have a look here