Im 3rd for my targeted keyword for a local site that I own, it's about 4 months old. (got my first client for it two days ago, weeheee, my first client for anything actally) I've worked on the on-page stuff and have some decent backlinks (about 30), with varied anchors and a good link diversity etc. The site in 2nd place has only one backlink I can find, not a very good one neither, and his seomoz metrics are poor much worse than mine, but his site is 6 years old. He ranks above me for every related keyword and LSIs, his on page stuff is straight forward, the same or worse than mine. So the only things I can think of is why he out ranks me is: 1. Because of his domain age of 6 years. 2. This is a long shot and probably BS but he uses adwords, so G give him a ranking boost because of this. 3. My site is penalised in some way. But I've only sent out (0-2) links a day and ip good etc, so unlikely my site. So what you think its cause of domain age?