Okay so my site is about a month old now and I've been ranking up the keyword for about 2-3 weeks now. I have about 12 posts on the site, which is running wordpress on a domain. I'm currently ranking in pages 2-4 which i got to pretty fast but I'm really trying to break that first page and I've been looking at my competitors and the first one is going for the keyword for sure but the #2 guy is just a big site who talked about the keyword. Now my issue is that the #1 guy is close to exact match domain, he must have done it for a similar word and then changed it to this so he has about half the keyword in his URL but his site is dedicated to the keyword. My site on the other hand is a broad site which I'm using categories and ranking each category page up for a keyword. I have more backlinks than both the #1 and #2 guys but my site still isn't on the front page. Is this because I'm using a category to rank up? or do i need to work on SEO? I'm still really new at this and this is my first site so any help would be appreciated. Oh and i have had some good traffic even being on page 3 and i have had an OK amount of clicks(adsense): 577 visits - 426 unique - 1158 pageviews 6 clicks - $3.60 I know a lot of my uniques are workers i hired to do backlinking for me.