I have been trying to make money online for the past two years or so, but I have always fallen short whenever a method relied on SEO. I have never SEO'd a site of mine to the first page of Google for any moderately competitive keyword, but a couple of months ago I decided to try again. This time to make sure I got it right I purchased a minisite where the keyword research was done for me, and purchased a backlink service for the site. The site is in an incredibly low competition niche, and in addition to the backlinks I used Onlywire to submit every page of the site to 25+ high PR social bookmarking sites, and for good measure submitted an Ezine Article targeting my main keyword. Here is the situation I now find myself in. I am number one in Google for two of my keyword phrases, and on the second page for my main keyword phrase. However, I only am this far up if the search is done with quotes around the keyword phrases. Each of my keyword phrases is 3 words long, and if I search any phrase without quotes around it my website is not even in the top 5 pages. (After that I just stop looking). I don't think that anyone would ever search any of my keyword phrases with quotes around them, because they just aren't phrases you would ever do that type of search for. Why is the broad search so much harder to rank for than the exact search? I should have way more backlinks than most of the sites in front of me, and my site is perfect for SEO, it has the keywords in the titles and everything. Can you guys tell me how much extra effort it usually takes you to go from the first page for exact match searches to the first page for broad match searches?