incrediBILL - 1:54 pm on Apr 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
I think backraft7 and Matt Cutts would disagree with it being much if any type of factor. Backdraft7's site is 12 years old and having issues.
Age and trust are two totally different issues while not necessarily mutually exclusive aren't the same thing either.
I've got some new sites that rank like crazy but I'm not doing anything questionable with them either and they just floated to the top like cream on fresh milk.
Got some old sites struggling to hang in there but that's more of a factor of everyone and his brother trying to gun down an established entity as I don't think Google, other than the occasional algo change bitch slapping it now and then, taking any specific interest in the age.
This is nothing new for me either way as I've never really had a problem getting sites to rank no matter how new they are but I don't go out and get a bazillion links for a site that never existed and wonder why oh why did my site sink like it just hit an iceberg.
I also don't fill my sites to overflowing with everyone's favorite SEO dinner side dish of keyword stuffing. A good SEO chef knows when enough is enough just to get what you want without setting off flags and alarms that would stop any site of any age from ranking well.
SEO clearly has various methods of White Hat, Black Hat and those that overkill and shoot themselves in the foot "Dumb Hat".
Forest Gumps mother summed it up best "Stupid is as stupid ranks."
301 redirects from aged domains.
That's one way to do it but easily spotted and hardly the only way to do it, it's just a lazy way to get what you want in a hurry. Google has some flaws that can be exploited that are kind of along the '301' path but not explicitly done and I've seen a few sites hold that rank for quite some time after the fact but I'd never do it on purpose for anything I cared about keeping. All I can say is when you mess around with a lot of domains and move things to shiny new servers on a regular basis happy accidents sometimes happen and you learn stuff, DNS stuff, that can be useful.
It's also why you need to periodically check your DNS to make sure some wiseguy doesn't have some domain or subdomain aimed at your IP addresses as I've seen some interesting tricks played but it's not going on happen on my nickle.
But the topic is age and ranking and having recently launched a new site that was quickly trusted I don't buy the agism theories.