So why does mine rank over all the major brands in the niche with the same products available?
JD_Toims I was referring to the OP's post and not your situation. There is definitely more to the algo than links or EMD (which stopped being a signal a few months ago).
One of my shared servers has over 100 domains in a single IP address. Each time I add a new site to this server it gets indexed and ranked within days with no links at all.
So my guess is that it has to do with the IP and the rest of the domains. Some very high authority domains there as well which makes me think it is beneficial to others in the same IP. But can't be 100% sure about this.
Don't take me wrong, I don't mean that this applies to your case... The algo has over 200 factors (many many more IMHO).