Hey guys, as I already wrote in another thread, I was out of the seo game for quite some years, did only paid advertising to make my living. But in recent months I kinda felt I want to go back to making websites / selling my own products etc etc Sooo, long story short, I have this website, now 3 months old (5 months in total that google also knows about it, but 2 months were development time, so for 3 months the site is really online) I'm trying to rank for a few highly competitive keywords: kw #1: global exact match searches / month: 1,830,000 local exact match searches / month: 1,000,000 kw #2: global exact match searches / month: 823,000 local exact match searches / month: 450,000 kw #3: global exact match searches / month: 450,000 local exact match searches / month: 201,000 My site is pretty big, over the last 3 months google has 180,000 pages indexed (from 500,000 total) I didn't really started promoting the site until 10th of december, so now I'm making backlinks to it every 2-3 days now, for a month. kw # 1 jumps in and out of top 100, mostly its around 90-95 kw #2 jumps between 35 - 45 kw #3 jumps between 35 - 45 Now I was reading a lot on here what linking strategies work now etc, and I build some 3 level link pyramids, where tier 1 are web 2.0s or do follow .edu links (not blog comments, but forum sigs or other pages where i could drop a link), tier 2 wikis and social bookmarks and tier 3 SB blasts This seemed to have almost no effect somehow, even though many people on here say this is the way to go. Then I started to make links directly to my website (meaning only 1 level... no backlinks to the backlinks but a high domain / IP diversity), about 1k wiki links so far (all unique domains), 1 - 1.5k social bookmarks (all unique domains), 1k web 2.0 links (from 50-100 domains) and I saw a good increase in the serps almost instantly (like 1-2 days later) first the ranks jumped a lot... but since a week or so they are pretty stable for at least 2 of the 3 keywords... Now my question is, is that also your experience atm? That direct linking seems to work better than link pyramids etc...? Do you have any tips for me how I could make the jump to page 1 now? is there anything I'm overlooking atm? What would you do?