Hi Wheel, thanks for the info. Directories have helped a bit and I will get more.
I've set the GWT to the country, but unfortunately this only helps when someone clicks on the 'search in (country)' link on the left of the search. We are #2 when we do that for highest searched term, but nobody clicks it as the country is influenced too much by their natural search for this industry, unknowingly it is awful info they are receiving.
Yes I agree with you on this, and it has helped in other countries. This is the main strategy I think will work for now.
"getting links from say US based companies that say 'for widgets in zanibia, see wwwdotwidgetsdotzn'."
But for this below, I'm definitely trying and have been for 8 years now, and despite having a top 10 most popular site in my industry...nobody would link out. Maybe like a few blog links. Just doesn't make sense to try for a month to get 1 so,so link when it can just be bought in an hour.
-the only natural links we get are from forums-
"Not to sound facetious, but you're not trying hard enough."
Thanks for the info guys, I think we have a decent strategy now!