I've been backlinking smartly for 6 weeks now on 10 keywords. I just can't rank no matter what. I follow all the typical rules when doing T1, T2 & T3. I use UD (T1) and GSA (T2-T3), manually spun articles good articles, slow steady, 10:1 ratios for T2 & T3, etc, etc. The sites are aged and are holding good content with excellent seo on them. I've ranked many times before in the past and know my way around this field but I ask, could Google have tagged all my websites from my hostgator IP? It's the same IP for all my websites. The reason being, a while back I got busted promoting my site that sold backlink packages. I ran a few test ads on adwords (dumb I know) and they banned my account, then they sent a fake letter to my other main account. This main account I have adwords, webmaster tools, adsense etc. I opened the letter which was some selling promotional BS then the IP got tagged obviously and they sent a letter 5 hours later saying that account was also banned for life. Since then, it seems all of my attempts to rank and keyword/website are in vain. I definitely should have ranked for some easy words by now and I'm not ranking at all. Sometimes yahoo/bing will have me at #4 or #3 and google at 1000+. WTF. Considering going with seohosting with 5 Cblocks and starting from scratch. Just all those sites and all that work. Shit. Maybe transfer the guts of the websites to a new domain too. Any ideas on this? Also not to be paranoid but do you think google can track your IP logging into wordpress? They own it like everything else and with me using new IPs for my websites, makes me wonder when login into wordpress if they see my home (tagged) IP and will connect it.