Domain age stopping me from entering top 10?

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I have a relatively new site (4 months) that sits just outside the top 10 (11 or 12 or 13 or 14) for SERP rankings. While I have been consistently backlinking (from high PR articles/ web 2.0 etc) it is difficult to break into the top 10.

The following are some information about the competition:

Domain age
  • 5 years - 2 sites
  • 4 years - 1 site
  • 3 Years - 3 sites
  • 2 Years - 4 sites

Page Rank
  • PR 0 - 4 sites
  • PR 1 - 2 sites
  • PR 2 - 2 sites
  • PR 3 - 2 sites

Page Backlinks (BLP)
  • more than 5000 - 1 site
  • more than 1000 - 3 sites
  • more than 100 - 1 site
  • more than 50 - 1 site
  • less than 50 - 4 sites

Refering Domains Page (RDP)
  • more than 100 - 1 site
  • more than 75 - 3 sites
  • more than 50 - 2 sites
  • less than 50 - 4 sites

Currently I have about 35 RDP and 200 BLP, yet I cannot break into the top 10.

Is my domain age the problem?
#age #domain #entering #stopping #top
  • Profile picture of the author webdevpro
    Probably the domain age can be the hurdle because in most of the time it becomes hard to top if the domain age is less than a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author Obosh
    Domain age could be a problem as people say search engines favor aged domain…but you could also check your on page optimization….sometimes some small changes can get you big SERP changes…I have quite new website and 2 weeks back made some changes….like – pagetitles and descriptions and got some good positive results….


    You can also check your page loading time and can compare with your competitors….

    if you have too many do follow links going out of your site then can turn them to no follow...some times that also helps...


    And finally if possible try to get a back link with your anchor text (keyword) from a High PR site (your niche) and I am sure if you can do that you will see some quick change in your SERP….


    But also domain age could be a reason but still worth trying….
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    • Profile picture of the author Highdefinition
      It's not just the domain age, it's the level trust that is given by Google to your site. Instead of worrying about the age of your site, why not just keep posting a well-researched compelling content that is worth sharing. That way you could get links from well-trusted or authority sites that will boost your site's ranking.
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      • Profile picture of the author linkassistant
        Originally Posted by Highdefinition View Post

        It's not just the domain age, it's the level trust that is given by Google to your site. Instead of worrying about the age of your site, why not just keep posting a well-researched compelling content that is worth sharing. That way you could get links from well-trusted or authority sites that will boost your site's ranking.
        Spot on here! There are plenty of examples across the web when startup internet projects start reining the market completely from scratch, surpassing aged sites. And the reason is the value behind.

        And it also depends on your niche and keywords a lot. In some niches, top players are really impossible to compete with -and again the reason is not the age but the level of trust Google associates with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pyramid Linkers
    Domain age is not the problem. The keyword you are targetting along with the Domain and page authority of each page are much more important factors. Don't believe the hype about aged domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author aldragon
    I believe Pyramid linkers is right. I have a few very old domains and they can rank but its not a huge factor. The "positive PR juice your continuously drinking is what makes you rank + the matching proportional anchor text
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  • Profile picture of the author imsun
    I don't think domain age is the problem here.Add more quality content to your site and try to get some quality backlinks.Link wisely and Put efforts to get as much as referral traffic , since we can't predict what Google is going to update in their algorithm in the future, better we should learn to stand on our own legs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart william
    I don’t think domain age is a problem, analyze backlinks of your competitors and try to get the same backlinks to be on the first page of Google. Local business directories and social media links can help you to get first page ranking.
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