After writing a plan and spending a long time working for a web company, the time has come to start my own niche market type site and optimise it for goodness (yes I do have a good deal of knowledge on how to do this). I do have a target market, although it is reasonably vague it is active and constantly growing. The issue is simply getting started.
The next stage is now finding a suitable host. Preferrably something like WordPress here, but more CMS-like, since I'm dealing more with metacontent – but still want the one clicl publishing ease of a blog. Also it will need to support PHP/MySQL (twin goddesses of web) and Mambo/Joomla! 1.0, be relatively inexpensive, have high uptime (most companies boast 99% these days), decent webspace (500+mb) and decent traffic limits (20gb a month should be fine to start).
It's well known that SEO does not work alone. Effectively, it's all to do with good, well written and organised content and information that gets visitors, much like a good book. I've seen sites with little optimization, not only rank well, but grow phenomenally in users and eventually sales, simply by the strength of their content.
In that light then, after finding a decent host, the following stage will need to be sitting down and creating content. This stage is continual and will need to proceed for the lifetime of the site, so it needs to be a dynamic and above all simple to get content written up and published – hence the need for a blog-like instant publishing system.
Anyway, if your a webbie or know of some good hosts (I could use the company's reseller but I don't want to :D) please by all means go ahead.