I have been working on this site for a few months now and am getting close to the linking stage.
The number one ingredient of a web site is good, relevant and individual content. Lots of it. Once you have about 45 pages of more, then it is time to start your linking strategy. You want to be accepted by the bigger guys if you expsect to have creditable links and get a good page rank. A corny two, three of four page site is not going to attract much of the big guns.
So first off is knuckle down and write. The only way for a writer to make it any way is to write. All the "secret formulas" in the world dont add up to anything unless you have the courage and persistence to actually site down and write. Lots of pages.
I have been enjoying the SBI Site Build It hosting service. It has incredible video tutorials and with step by step guidance, it really takes you through the adventure of building apowerful web site. One that is a web business.
I will keep you updated.
Warmly, Mike King.