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With this one site I work I am #2 or #3 in Yahoo, Google and other search guys I am usually #1...
Bing I am #8
Not to mention Bing's local business results are total crap for the search term. Giving results from city-B when city-A's name is part of the search term.
Is there anything I can do or is it a waiting game at this point?
On topic backlinks work on both Bing and Google.
What I mean is broadly on topic or associated with the terms that you are targeting. Not absolutely essential but I like to get the right keywords in anchor text as well as this helps with topicality (ie it can make the page containing the link more on topic) and in anchor text is very important (I think) with both search engines.
Just a few quick ideas.
As an example if I were doing real estate in a particular town I would try to get links from sites about that town or state and from sites about homes, home design, relocation companies, removals firms etc. Other real estate agents in your own town will probably not link to you but sites offering services to people moving home will and local directories will always link to you. I also have satellite sites on subjects loosely associated with the topic of my main site so if I were a realtor in a particular town I might have a small site about the town, employment opportunities, leisure etc and have links back from that to the main site. I don't link back to the satellite site and make sure that the content of the site is such that it gathers links of its own.
I also post occasional messages on on topic forums and blogs with a link back to my site in the signature. I only do this if I think I am making a valuable contribution to the discussion and more often than not get thanks for providing helpful advice or help. If you do this right you become a valued member of the community rather than a parasite.
Much food for thought. Just one further point: ths phrase
'anchor text', can you give a concrete example?
If your key phrase on a page is 'homes for sale Portsmouth' are you saying that the actual text for the link that other sites use to link to you must have that phrase in it?
You are new to all of this aren't you!
Anchor text is the text between the URL anchors in HTML <a href="URL">anchor text</a>. It is the text that used to be invariably underlined, to indicate a link, before we started using CSS to remove the underline text decoration.
[edited by: mack at 1:06 am (utc) on Oct. 9, 2009]
[edit reason] Lets keep it public :-) [/edit]
Re the 'Theory' you mention:
'incoming links' - understood
'wiki if possible' - difficult for a commercial site?
'Good content' - sure, but with 'good grammar'? Would that UK English or US? And doesnt that discrimminate against Asian English? And what about spelling? I don't want to labo(u)r this issue, but...
'no more than 2 syllable max' - not a very well-educated bot then!
'there is a tight age filter being applied at certain times of day' - is this designed to bridge the on-line generation gap or discrimmination against silver surfers?
In short: Use the K.I.S.S. method of web content: Keep It Simple, Stupid! (politically incorrect, I know, but that's the way it really is!)