I started working on a website that is in a fairly competetive industry. When I took over, their site had 60 or so pages that really had mostly product numbers/inventory (HTML, no DB), very little useful content (realting to products), and almost no incoming links, decent non-spammy Meta tags. The site initially had a PR of zero and had been registered since 2002, and the site is hosted on a virtual dedicated IP.
Since that time I refined meta tags, added onsite SEO (H1 tags, breadcrumbs, selectively bold/itlaicized kw's, have written 500+ words/page of real content that far surpases the competition, written and manually submitted smart, insightful articles relating to the industry (less than 20 thus far), manually submitted the site to about 100 directories/month, and have continually added supplimental content here and there to keep pages fresh.
The main page of the site is now a PR1, with the pages with deep links peaking at a PR 2. I have been working on this project for almost 3 months with very little to show my client. Also, Google and Alexa shows NO backlinks, while Yahoo shows many (hundreds, including deep links). Even the listings in white hat directories are not showing in G. Note: All pages of the site, currently 86 are indexed)
I have never had this problem with other sites. Why would a site with such a long domain history still be performing so poorly in regards to PR (most junk domains their competetors have established even have PR of 4). Why is Google not indexing ANY backlinks?
What am I missing? What tools/methods would you recommend I use to check if the site is somehow flagged. I read this site regularly and would greatly apreciate your thoughts, oh wise community...