I worked on SEO for about years, I did some core keywords like housewares, cheap housewares, authentic chinese recipes, as far as i know, even though you get high ranking on Google, without nice design and useful content, people will leave you, and there are some easy way to bring a lot of traffic, such as Reddit, Pinterest, Facebook, and someone on the SEO forum tell the true about SEO can only make 15% on a website success, I waste lots of time on a wrong keyword, now decide to optimize brand new: Facts about China, Information about China, that could be take another 6 months, i have no choice, i need a job, i need some income, by the way continue doing the optimization, This blog i create is for write down my moon and experience on SEO, website design. It also can help a little to make back links.
I just edit a homepage, to includes my the categories on my website, also have a post loop, which is amazing function i need, with this loop, the whole site will be much easy to get notice by Google, and each post i will optimize 3-5 keywords, there is the example, Chinese moon festival, Chinese moon festival 2013, Chinese moon festival story, another group is information about great wall of China, great wall of China information, the whole strategy is make sure everywhere get optimized and continue adding the content till your site's PR get higher, then the traffic should be incredible.
My suggestion about website webmaster who want to make more traffic is, make sure you have nice or impressive organized homepage, but the best part is your content. with most useful content, people is different to leave you.