I have an e-commerce site that sells something very unique and practical.
The URLS are clean, straight html with css, and xhtml validated...(80% of the pages)
The domain is from 2001, but i picked it up from snapnames, and when it switched over, the whois data says it's new from September 2006.
It had content sitting, since september 2006, but did no marketing efforts till around early February.
Then i submitted my site to a few big blogs, and then suddenly i'm getting 3000 uniques a day...back links from a few .edu's, 1 pr 9, couple pr 8, a couple pr 7's...etc....for a total of 500 or so back links, up from around 50 since late december 2006...
this happened early feb....it's the end of the month....i'm still sitting at pr 2....in webmaster central, google says there's only 1 back link it can find (since september 2006 has not changed), and NO internal links.....there are about 25 pages in total, all interlinked to there respective categories....
I'm NOT in a competitive field.....(notebook accessory market / aka a notebook gadget).
Is this normal? am i getting penalized? I'm not sure where to take it from here....What are the steps to take to understand if your penalized or not?
I'm assuming this is time related, but how do i know? the domain is from 2001 (archive.org)....it just got re-setted after it went under my name...