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I first began my website a bit over a year ago, but unfortunately did not know what I was doing. I got some links (36) but then I stopped and waited for people to come to me. Didn't happen!
I educated myself more, and about 4 months ago, completely redesigned my site, and began a considerable link campaign. Currently, I have 898 backlinks showing up in Yahoo. For my main search term which is two words, I am currently ranked 75th in Google. It is not super competitive.
The top 5 sites show this number of backlinks in yahoo:
My goal is to be 2nd. I am guessing the reason I am 75th is because the newness of my links. How long can I expect to wait?
I think by getting 800 or so link in a small amount of time may have just put they links in the 'sandbox' and from Fourm 3 it sounds like 6 months ++
does that help?
Ps. For got about Anchor Text! That is very important use the keyword you want to rank high with as your anchor text... ie: 'Blue widgets'
I feared I was in the sandbox. I got the links gradually over the last three months. I was hoping that would keep me out of the "sandbox". Every week it would go up slightly. It wasn't like I went from 36 to 900 in one week.
Yes, I have diligently followed all of the suggestions I have been able to find here to the best of my ability. Using anchor text in the links I have received, a good bit of them are just inbound, I feel the page is decently optimized but not to the point of spammy, my site is decently sized, lots of good original content, etc.
I guess I was looking for an explanation as to why I wasn't ranking higher. I have been moving up gradually. Initially I was not in the top 1000 for my search term, then was 500- 300 - 200, but now have been moving very slowly (maybe 2 to 3 positions a week).
I suppose I was hoping the reasoning for this was that my links need to age, but it looks as though it may be that stupid sandbox?
edit---How about that, I never looked at that allinanchor thingie. It shows very good positions for me..I suppose I have to wait it out just like mbush.