TheOptimizationIdiot - 8:55 pm on May 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
That's still the case, I think, and I'm wiling to back off on using this particular patent in my day-to-day thinking - even if some "anecdotal evidence" seems to pop up from time to time.
I think I'm going to "err with caution" and assume it's in play somehow or could be any day, so I'll stick with "make big changes at one time" and wait.
I don't think I'll let it "influence minor changes" though, but "reworking a page" completely or "major changes" to it, I think I'll assume they're going to check and try to get it right the first time and leave it until it stabilizes rather than "having to tinker" for a while to get it right.
No... if you have no links or few links the day you launched your website you don't rank very well. It isn't because you are devalued it's because you haven't built that value yet.
You lost me from discussing with this one.
Totally invalid assumption. I have a site that's been pinned to #1 for what it was designed to rank for since about a week after it launched with 1 non-scraper link. It's going on 6 years of sitting there now and the one non-scraper link is from a twitter account that doesn't tweet.
It even outranks the major national brand and the "big players" in the niche that have way higher page rank for the same queries. (Go figure)