Guys, curious to get your insight. First, a bit of background I am not new SEO, been doing as part of my day job but mostly using consultants with very good results, so I decided to see what results I could get if I put my own time into this. So, a four weeks ago I released a small site, around 16 pages of content all unique. The site was steadily going up in SERPs for a very competitive keyword pair and its variations. I marketed using only white hat methods: - directory submission (manual, done by me) - social bookmarking (outsourced, but not massive around 25) - postings on blogger, squidoo, hubpages, etc - blog and forum commenting The current link distribution according to G Webmaster Tools is something along the lines of: / : 209 /page-1 : 4 /page-2 : 1 /page-3 : 1 /page-4 : 1 As you can see there is a lot more linking to the root of the site as the directories primarily link to root. Suddenly after, 3 weeks of continuous improvement the site stop ranking well in the big G and altogether dropped of the first 6 pages of results for all the high volume keywords. The site is still growing, its at around 150 UV/day but the traffic is primarily from Yahoo, where it's still going up in the SERPs. I am now trying to build a "link wheel" around some of the sites sub-pages to improve the link distribution. What do you think caused the sudden drop in G rankings? I would really like to avoid doing the same mistake with any future sites I work on.