Thank You "stymiee" for such an informative post.
You said this
How do I rank well in Google?
Ranking well in Google is fairly straight forward.
1) Acquire incoming links with the anchor text you wish to rank well for (This is the most important by far).
2) Optimize your title tag
3) Use and optimize your Header tags (h1, h2, h3, h4)"
This post is 2 years old, so do you think that the header tags are still as important as they were in 2006?