brokaddr - 10:16 am on Apr 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
TheOptimizationIdiot - In my example, domain age is evidently not a factor in the results. Though I question why a spam-esque site of equal age is trumping decent/superior sites for the same keywords (both of which do not partake in 'keyword stuffing').
The search engines, especially Google and Bing have moved well beyond what most "SEO" sites (the ones I've seen anyway) are touting as important.
I've read on this site (and many others) these drastic shifts in algorithm art to combat SEO firms/those profiting from their algorithms.
I'm sure it's been answered at point: But, why? If the high-ranking sites are quality, why does Google care so much that they combat these SEO firms?
Are they essentially "criminalizing" bettering your site? Judging by the results I see, I'd suspect the answer is 'Yes' - unless you've got a low quality site, you simply can't rank well anymore.
Certainly there's only so many sites that can fill the organic spots on the results, but when the vast majority (if not all) of the entries partake in spammy activities, it's safe to say quality is now a deterrent for ranking well.