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).
Gotcha, I misunderstood.
...which stopped being a signal a few months ago...
Not sure it stopped like many people seem to think, but got "the dial turned down a bit" is something I'd definitely agree with.
The algo has over 200 factors (many many more IMHO).
Totally agree -- Been around the 'net a bit longer than my join date suggests ;)
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.
That's an interesting line of thought / reasoning.
[If I was going to speculate the about factors making the EMD I've been referring to rank above the sites it does, I'd go with on-page / on-site factors and search visitor behavior signals -- But that's just a guess at the moment.]