I had to laugh when I read this article by Jill on the High Rankings website — it’s a fairly accurate synopsis of what I’ve experienced over the last month or so — albeit that I’ve been on the "accelerated" programme.
If you haven’t seen the High Rankings site, and you’re interested in learning about long-term sustainable ranking strategies for your site you should definitely take a look. Jill talks (writes) a lot of sense — which is refreshing in a world that, to the uninitiated, all too often seems to make absolutely none.
Check out the site and the associated High Rankins SEO forum — they’re full of great SEO insight and advice. There’s also a great SEO FAQ on the site that sheds light on a lot of the questions people new to SEO might have.