Hi guys this is not my first time here. Although I read posts here often, but this is my first thread and I think I have to start it.
OK let me cut a long story short. I am in a not-so-competitive field selling some stuff to French, I rank second and third on my major keywords, the first has been buying hidden links every Christmas from high PR .gov websites and it has been doing fairly well, well this is behind the point.
About a month or two ago (that is, June 2011) I discovered that a new website overrank mine and it really gave me the creeps. The domain was registered on 29/11/2010 and it have no sitelinks even when you search the domain name.
I used to think this is Google dance or something caused by Panda. Then all of a sudden, sitelinks appeared after one month. So I searched many keywords in my industry, major ones or long tail ones, this site almost all came first or second with sitelinks. Its Alexa rank soared from some 5,000,000 to 100,000.
I thought at first this guy must have been buying links to build a strong linkage profile. So I used [siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com
...] to check it, and found nothing, all its internal pages. I did a link:itsdomain on Google and did find some links, about 13. But when I tried to find its links, again none! Even when you search his domain name directly, still a few links - those people can get it easily, and no sitelinks at all!
This is my second time to see sites rank extremely well on lots of major keywords and long tail ones with very less backlinks. But this site gives definitely the most surprise to me as it's really very new!
So guys what do you think?