Can someone give me some ideas as to what I might be doing wrong? I have a website that I have been working on (off-and-on) for a year. The many search phrase that I am trying to rank for has a search volume of about 20K/month. I would prefer not to reveal the niche, but I will try to give as much info as possible so that you can understand where I am coming from. My problem is, I cannot get the site to rank for this main search term. I have been as high as page 2 (and am now at about bottom of page 3). 1.) The site is a Wordpress blog 2.) I did some article marketing for this site about a year ago to start building some links. 3.) I also did directory submissions, social bookmarking, etc. 4.) I got away from it for several months and about three months ago started another round of articles, bookmarking, etc. 5.) I have also done some blog comenting, forum commenting, etc. to build additional links. 6.) The site currently has close to 1000 backlinks in YSE. 7.) There are several pages of the site that rank in the top ten (mainly for specific product names). 8.) I don't think my site is being penalized for two reasons - A.) I do rank for some search terms. B.) If I search for my site name, it is at the top of the list. (I have read that, if you are penalized, this will not happen.) 9.) While Traffic Travis (if you are familiar with it) says that this search term would be "difficult" to rank for, Market Samurai seems to show that it would be easier. 10.) Traffic Travis rates the on-page SEO of my site at B+. 11.) According to Market Samurai: a.) My page has more total backlinks than any of the top 10 (several of them have more total site backlinks). b.) I have over 100 backlinks to my page with the EXACT anchor text as this search term. Only positions 1 & 2 come close to this number. c.) While I do not have the search term in my base website name, it is part of the URL (as the page name) - www.website.com/this-is-the-search-term d.) While my page is only PR2, none of the others are over PR4, and some of the top 10 are PR0. e.) I have 11 EDU & GOV backlinks. One other site has one, and none of the others have any. f.) Most of the top 10 are not listed in DMZ or YAH. g.) There are no "authority" sites listed in the top 10. 12.) The real kicker is that the site that is listed at number 10 is a ONE PAGE SITE WITH A TOTAL OF THREE BACKLINKS. It is nothing but a page with a link to the number 9 site. Does anyone have any ideas?... And HOW IN THE WORLD is the site at number 10 even showing?...especially ahead of me (when I can't get lower than 26)?