Hi all, I've been doing a lot of daily SEO work on my "money site" which sells seasonal products. I was hired late in the season by the gentleman who is now my biz partner, so I am scrambling around trying to figure this out. There may be no answer to this, since I started LATE in the season, but since BHW is the best friggin community I've run into, I want to ask the collective genius for some help! Some background info: - It's a highly competitive niche/product, with 22,000 exact searches/month, 1.6 million results if I put the keyword in quotes, simultaneous intitle & inurl results equal 117,000 on Google.com - I have the exact KW in my domain, but it's beside a brand name we represent. (i.e. BRANDNAMEkeyword.com) - I built a page from scratch in October, and published 2 articles each around 500 words which are on-page optimized (SEOPressor) and tweaked for human readability/sales copy goodness. - Google rankings have increased from 49 to 17 since November 1st, which I'm pretty darn happy about. The increase has been slow and steady with no major "dance" visible. - At the same time. Yahoo has been doing this: hxxp://i42.tinypic.com/mb07b5.jpg and Bing looks similar. VERY frustrating since I flirted with page 1 and saw awesome traffic from Bing and Yahoo. Here's what I've been doing for my off-page SEO: After my on-page was squared away, I built my 1st tier around the money site with: - an article to EzineArticles - 20 posts to BuildMyRank (80% using my primary keyword, 20% varied) - Running NoHandsSEO 24/7 with varied anchor text back to the money site. - 100 posts every 6 hours through AMR (175 are indexed at this point) each has 1 link back to the money site using the primary keyword. I'm blasting these articles with ScrapeBox to help with indexing. - 7 SEnuke X blasts with varied/custom templates. Some templates were multi-tiered (backlinking the backlinks) and some were simple and just pointed right at the money site. - I dicked around with Xrumer but didn't build anything serious as far as backlinks go. - I'm also running "blasts" of SEsniper with public proxies, but honestly I think this program is snakeoil. - and lately, I've started to blast the money site with AA ScrapeBox lists with varied anchor text and of course random names/emails I was getting desperate, so I tried a "unique" strategy whereby you publish software onto multiple download sites and try to get a keyword anchor text link back to your money site. I haven't seen anything result of this yet, but only about 5 of those backlinks have been indexed (from sites like bestdownloadscenter.com). I've also shelled out $72 to rent some high PR backlinks. They should kick in next week, and hopefully I will fly to page 1 (dreaming? maybe) on Google. And something I should have done from the start, but just did this month, was use SEO SpyGlass and look at my competition's backlinks, and try and post to the same blogs etc. Their backlinks are garbage, mostly, and I have WAY more than they do. Yet for some reason they're getting the love. Could it be because my strategy is flawed, or because their backlinks have been around since last summer and I'm really just starting? I thought an indexed backlink was an indexed backlink, but maybe one of the strength factors is how long that backlink's been indexed...? So WTF is up with Bing and Yahoo? Am I pissing them off with this strategy, because Google seems to be like a fat kid licking a pudding cup.