One of my new recent niches has a low comp and 1600-5000 exact monthly searches a month. I basically found all the backlinks my competitors have and put my link on the same sites.. even more sites!. I have a pr2 website and I just cant seem to rank it. my backlinks are like double the amount of my competitors and 80% are all quality. I was able to rank all my other sites.. although I ranked them well over 2 years ago. Has it just became this much harder to rank new stuff?