So here's my situation.
I run a [url=http://birthdayshoes.com]fan site for Vibram Five Fingers[/url]. You may have heard about these things or seen them -- they're the weird five toed foot glove shoes that a ton of people are getting into generally, but also specifically to run in them.
The site has grown since inception in mid April 2009 to being the go-to source for news/reviews/user stories/photos/and all around information about "VFFs." It presently pulls in around 2000 visitors/day -- average pageviews >4 per visit. Time per visit averaging close to six minutes. It's got about 600 feedburner subscribers, and all the other stats are positive. The site gets consistently positive feedback and is, SEO aside, doing great.
But as for SEO, I'm dumbfounded. Google [vibram five fingers] and I show up midway down page 4 (say around 36ish) -- behind I might add a review I did on my personal site.
The site's page rank is only 3, so I'm sure that comes into play, but I just don't get how a site with more information about Five Fingers than any other site on the net -- the official website for VFFs included -- could not be on page 1.
So I'm now wondering if I'm doing something wrong. One of the primary forms of posts on the blog there is user submitted stories/reviews and photos. So most of these posts I use the link to post for the images and I *was* writing an intro, then putting in their blockquoted emailed story and ending in a wrap up. Here's an example:
In trying to figure this out, I wondered "maybe Google is ignoring all that blockquoted text thinking it's duplicated material -- even though it's not!" so I went back and replaced all the blockquote tags with a specific CSS div class that would give the same visual styling but not make Google think it was duplicated content (b/c it's definitely *NOT*).
Also, I implemented pretty URLs the other day. Not sure why I hadn't done that in the first place. Details.
Anyway, I just can't figure this one out and I feel like it must be something really obvious. There's just no good reason the site should show up below one-off reviews of VFFs by other bloggers in a basic search for [five fingers] or [vibram five fingers].
Definitely doing something wrong.