This blog is a public progress journal for GrowYourOwnStone.com.

GYOS is an experiment in SEO. It came about from random keyword searching combined with the muse.

I was surprised at the number of searches and the low level of competition for some keywords. Previously I had built blogs about things that interested me, keywords and search traffic be damned.

I wanted traffic to the sites and began discovering virtual mentors (people who share their knowledge online). They began my SEO education, and GYOS is a case study to practice techniques before I apply them to my real business website.

Serendipity kicked in as soon as I began. Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic fame initiated a Million Dollar Blog Project. GYOS is part of that. The public progress journal is one of the project’s techniques.