I just made my first proper website and launched it about 3 months ago.
-unique content (articles + review pages)
-keyword optimized (but not too much)
-clean meta/title tags
-all pages are follow/index enabled
-fast loading times
-no adsense links or heavy affiliate links
(only 1 affiliate link per product page)
The keyword is a medium competition keyword.
I checked through all the pages of google for my keyword and I didn't find any url from my site in it anywhere.
If I type site:name in google, it will show my site and all 40 indexed pages and recent cache dates.
If I copy some random block of text from a page and search for it in google with quotes it will find the site.
Would love some help on this, I can't imagine I have been penalized as I have done nothing wrong(no spammy link building or paid services).