PayMePerClick - 1:01 pm on Sep 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's all about links. Internal links. External Inbound links. And some content. So many people rank ahead of us that have unique content AND a ton of inbound links. Are they obtaining these links via white-hat methods? No, not always. But good luck getting Google to read any complaints or reports without having a NY Times article being written.
Example: Go type in "venues" on Google. Most people would logically think a searcher is looking for a specific venue, or a list of venues. Why are there TWO definitions of the word "venue" on the first page?! Why is there a top 10 listing for a poetry website in Southern California that has a few venues for reading poetry listed?! I am not even in America. Venue Insurance? Get lost, Google. Bully.