My website has been around for about a year however any attempts at optimisation were started in december. It's a small 5 page site . The aim is to get any decent ranking for keywords as london widget/s and widget/s in london (for this 7th in yahoo , somewhere in the 3rd hundred in google) but it's not going anywhere. The keywords are competitive - 1,290,000 results There are sites of similar size/content doing well (most of them are quite old though , but some new as well) - i mean second-third pages in google. Google shows only 1 backlink , however 31 in yahoo . I am mentioning that because i do in fact have some of the links that google shows for my competitors - but not for me.
The keyword density including Meta alt title tags , anchor link text and so on 2.41% - not much difference really from most of those ranking high .
Reading forum daily , and there is a certain progress but not for desirable keyphrases - whatever i tried. I am still getting new links , common advice about addding more content wouldn't be applicable here. But i don't know what to do apart from that - should i just leave it for some time and wait - maybe google will be kinder( although i've done it before), or i should rewrite the words or i should give up ... I honestly don't understand. I would appreciate any advice . Thanks!
Amarula - Welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com]. Are you looking for help mostly with Google? Do you rank well in yahoo and MSN, then? There are lots of people having troubles with 'newer' sites in Google. I know that Yahoo is picking up links and pages very quickly, so you may want to move your focus there for now. The other advice I'd give you would be to start adding more content to your site. Google loves fresh, new content! Also, you're giving people that many more keyword phrases to find your site with.