Google is all about links.
Meta tags and the rest a needful and good, but get linked!
Who you link to and who links to you is going to raise your rating. This is one good reason to be part of gocarterton.co.nz. You can link to your page on this site and we will link to you!
Under Google Web-tools you will see a whole section that tells you about all the links from you and to you.