Mine is as follows:
Learn to live outside the need for Google. The traffic is great when you get it, but their constantly evolving search algorithm may not be the best beast for newbs to tackle out of the gate.
Some alternative free/cheap traffic: stumbleupons paid traffic program is excellent. Sevensearch is another great under utilized service. Ad swaps and ad buys are some of my favorite ways to generate inexpensive, quality traffic.
In short once you have your plan consider some inexpensive paid traffic as an alternative to Google, or at least in the meantime till you master the SEO craft.