I'm in the process of starting a local internet marketing business and decided to jump into it with the "rent a site method". I'm not an SEO expert, but I know everything needed to get a local business niche website ranked on the first page of Google. I'm going to use this journal as a way to get advice and keep myself on task. If you want more information on the "rent a site method" look at this thread: My family has owned several child care facilities so I decided to target local daycares in a city with a population of just over 300,000 people. The keyword gets 4,400 broad searches each month, about 80 exact. Completed: -Create a local business niche website EMD [city][daycare].net -Install niche friendly Wordpress theme, and plugins. -Add several original quality articles, images, pages (about, contact, programs & curriculums) -Backlinks from some local websites (forums, blogs) -400 Social Bookmarking package, 10 web 2.0 backlinks (Fiverr) -Ranked on the first page of Google -Cold call a few local daycares -Sent 15 Letters with information on why they should rent my site, proof of traffic (screenshot), image of homepage, and contact information. -Email numerous daycares and preschools in the area. Where I'm at: My website was ranked on the first page of Google after about 3 days of backlinking and adding content. It's been 3 weeks since I started and I've added a new article about once a week. Right now I'm facing the Google Dance and I've dropped to the middle of the second page. I purchased a Backlink Pyramid from Fiverr yesterday and expect to see my rank increase within the next few weeks. I sent the letters on Saturday and hope to get some response tomorrow (Tuesday) when they arrive. I've been posting in the "child care" section of Craigslist to see if any businesses are interested. I've also emailed over 50 local child care providers, but only got one response which fell through. I hate cold calling, but felt that when I did it a week ago I got decent results from the two businesses I called. One business wasn't interested, and the other was interested but busy and said to call back (I mailed them a letter). I'm going to wait and see how the response to my letters were. I took my time with them and hand wrote the address, and circled parts of the website screenshot that I could edit for them. I also included a simple handwritten statement that said along the lines of "My website can get new customers for your business, give me a call". What should I do next? My competition for the targeted keywords are low, and I think with this back link pyramid I should get back up on page one shortly. I've gotten a bit discouraged with the response from local businesses though, and am wondering if I'm targeting the wrong business niche.