It is true how “pure on-site work” can enormously affect any site’s ability to grow its traffic without any push from other popular online marketing tactics.
I’ve seen this work personally on some of the sites I’ve worked on in the past. And it still amazes me how it’s still effective.
However, the competition for web supremacy continues to get more brutal than it already is.
Creating great content and optimizing your site thoroughly for search can get you far. But in order to really compete, you need to do the more difficult stuff too – like building the right links.