Maybe I know what I'm doing, maybe not. Maybe I'm just seeking a bit of affirmation. My site keeps slipping further and further into the Google abyss, in spite of what I think are good practices:
3 months ago I changed my static site to a blog, for ease of adding content and actually growing with the expectations of my visitors.
I have been adding new posts to my blog, although I only add one or two per week. Currently, I have 5 guest posts on fairly popular blogs within my niche (3 different blogs). I have 3 more guest posts that will be published on another well-read blog over the next several weeks (or months). My goal here is to get my name "out there" and gain more visitors, This seems to be a slow process.
I only comment on blogs and forums when I know I will add value - neither venues have follow links to my site (per google webmaster guidelines, this is frowned upon).
I utilize a few of the social networks, but a bit sparingly. I'm not too fond of them, but I am building my number of "circles", "friends" and "followers".
I admit, in the past I did comment to gain links. I also did not have as much content on my (then static) site. Both of these I believe resulted in being hit with whichever animal Google threw at us back in late April, 2012
So...I'm sure I just need to continue to be patient and continue getting my name in front of people. Is this an accurate statement ? Or am I missing the idea ? Gosh, what a slow process.