Most of the webpages on my new website have been indexed by Google. One of my webpages is an article I wrote that is highly relevant to my niche, and optimized to target a search term that is searched between 15,000 to 50,000 times per month. While Google was indexing my webpages right after I launched the website, I bought four backlinks on four different web directories with the anchor text for the search term I am targeting and each page that the link is on is between 20 and 40 PA. Google hasn't shown that they've indexed those bascklinks yet since they're not listed in the links to my site section in my Google Search Console.
Here's the thing. One of my other articles from the same site is already on page 5 for a search term that gets searched 10,000 to 30,000 times a month, but the other article that I bought the backlinks for doesn't show up anywhere in the Google SERPS when I type in my target search term. I checked all the way to page 34.
Is Google penalizing me for the anchor text directory backlinks or am I being too paranoid and need to wait longer for the webpage to show up in the SERPS for that search term?