When I started doing SEO, I felt like a whole new world opened to me. All the science behind it was fascinating, but very difficult for a beginner to understand it all. I only wish I had then the tools available now. Because it would have been so easy to start with graphics and structured information, climbing my way from on-page to off-page. The reason I’m thinking about this right now, is that Search Engine Land (in collaboration with Column Five Media) had developed a info graphic called the Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors, not only as a read-trough resource, but a downloadable and printable one.
So start learning the right combination of ranking factors to ensure your content is on the right track. You can also download the PDF version from here.