backdraft7 - 2:27 pm on Apr 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
Fresh meat does seem to be an important factor at the moment, the problem seems to be that quality is not initially important. Perhaps this is why we are seeing a lot of garbage across the serps.
Throwing Google prime grade steak and dog food grade horse meat immediately ranks high. It takes another iteration of the sort for it to determine the quality.
Example: I am watching a site in my niche grabbing for straws by ridiculously keyword loading their title. Once he updates the page, he pops to the top for a few hours, then drops back down beyond the fold.
So the trick to success right new seems to be keep it fresh, but be sure it's high quality too!
This is interesting, because last week Google seemed to be hip deep on processing and was not picking results up very quickly (4 day delay), now they are back to picking up fresh meat very quickly.
My theory: under normal conditions, Google's system has been previously advertised to have has the capability to index a stack of pages three miles high every second (that has probably increased since then). When the system is busy updating a new algo, it re-sorts the entire global database, putting a higher than normal load on the system. When the update completes, load is reduced and changes are picked up more quickly.
This faster uptake might indicate that the new sort routine is completing (for this update). But don't get too excited, I think we can be sure this will be a continual wash, rinse, repeat cycle.
This all seems to follow previous patterns that we've observed.
Either way, I am seeing improvements in traffic quality over the past three days....which is positive.