Dan01 - 10:15 pm on Nov 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Freshness can help the small guy. How else can someone just starting out get his stuff seen. A few years ago I checking the results of a page once and finding it was right at the top of the results. I had just written it a few minutes before checking the SERPS. Over the next day or so it started dropping, but for those days I made money from that page.
As per their new algo change - 35 percent seems big. I will have to wait until the end of the day to see how many pages were viewed in Analytics - and then compare it to how many pages were viewed each day over the last week or two.
Freshness could help spammers. It looks like some people are already considering changes to their routine.