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If none of the above or other faux pas apply, Google will get around to you if the backlinks are there (unless something else silly is going on like your host banning googlebot).
Also, you may need backlinks to critical pages, not just your home page.
I have been building back links and I would say that I have about 20 or 30 by now.
Why would a hosting provider want to ban Googlebot? And, if it was banned, I would think that it wouldn't even be hitting the homepage at all.
also, you link to other sites and it appears from my quick look that most are high quality retail outlets. make sure it stays that way. don't link to potentially sleazy merchants who are likely to use shady seo practices that get them put in what google calls "bad neighborhoods".
The basic idea is to avoid linking to sites which are pure link farms, or sites that are designed entirely for search engines and have no functional purpose for a user.
One safe bet is to avoid sites with 0 PageRank. With that said, some 0 PR sites are simply that because they are new. A more inclusive policy is simply link to sites that appear to be serious efforts at providing a useful service for users - whether it is information or shopping.
You seem to be doing quite fine from what I saw - the links were to established companies that spent a lot of money on providing shoppers with a useful service, whether online or in their brick and mortar establishments.
As for Google being the king of all searches, don't make me laugh. In terms of popularity, yes, in terms of quality, they have a dunce hat on.
You know what site that I used to really love, but it went down the tubes? Ask Jeeves. Great idea. I could find what I was looking for just about every time.
It all went down hill when their results became littered with paid placements. I mean I realize a person has to make a buck, but not at the expense of the overall quality of your site.
Google previously deep crawled at least once a month and sometime more often. Has anyone else noticed decreased activity? Do I need to be concerned?