I recently redid my website and was afraid I'd lose my rankings. To my surprise, I've done way better than expected. On 12 December 2009 I have four #1 positions for my primary keywords on www.google.co.za. [sales training, marketing, internet marketing, public relations]. I've taken screen shots of the rankings and placed them on this blog for posterity because no one will believe me if I told them. I can barely believe it myself.
Of course, there's always a rider to these things. Even though I have a # 1 ranking, I only get 27% of the click-throughs as a result. In other words, if 100 people a day click on "sales training", I'll only get 27 people clicking onto www.jacquesdevilliers.co.za. So, the trick is to have many keywords related to your business in #1 postions so that you can get more click throughs.
But, in the meantime, I'll savour my brief online victory.