According to Webalizer, last month my main joke site had 1,531 average and 1,853 maximum visits per day, with 8,633 daily average pages viewed. The site has been on the go for quite a few years and the knowledge gained will hopefully help in a developing a new site.
The new site has been registered for longer than the joke site. The original theme was selling a niche bandwidth measuring software. New theme is a guest short story and blog site.
Besides making the "Content King" the new site has the following features:
Speed is the priority and tools.pingdom reports average 250 msec page load.
No PHP Framework.
No PHP sessions variables.
Uses only PHP and Apache directory structure.
File tree shows authors, short stories and blogs.
PHP dynamic file-tree used and results cached.
Relevant file directories show HTML pages or content used in a page template.
Template uses common cached PHP header, footer, adverts, analytics, etc.
Page updates using FileZilla for dragging and dropping pages and blogs into relevant directories.
Use Google Search Box instead of creating another script.
Promotion will mostly be with forum signatures.
.htaccess - ensure no www prefix and no file extensions working correctly
robots.txt - valid paths and disallow unnecessary files and paths
sitemap.xml - currently manual and requires PHP script to automate updates
error.log - Daily checking and rectifying problems where necessary
Following accounts opened to monitor progress:
Google Webmaster Tools
Bing Webmaster Tools
Have I forgotten anything?