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I have notice, to a practically imperceptible degree, that there is an aging factor operating with Google. No changes on the site, no changes in number of links, I've watched a couple of small sites move up a notch or two gradually, even above huge sites with multiple more links and higher page rank.
Just this month, for example, the Page Rank on my site dropped from 5 to 4, yet it moved up to #1 or top 5 on a couple of very obscure phrases. No changes have been made except for having a few less inbound links, which I don't think really affected the PR too much, since a couple of other small sites also dropped from 5 to 4 with no changes, except for 1 that had new pages indexed.
I could be wrong, but it seems I've observed a minor aging factor operating with Google. I don't watch the others as closely, so I can't say, except that I did notice a jump on a site or two when Excite updated last time, again with no changes made.
Has anyone seen evidence of fresh pages doing well with any of the engines ?
Click banks can be some confusing factor when compared to page age. The more your page gets clicks, the older/better it can get. (I would be carefull clicking on it like mad from the same IP.)
>I am loathed to change it since it does reasonably well for its search terms.
Forget about age of a page, get another link!
Interesting take on the submitting new pages to Google though, most of the wisdom is to let Google spider new pages as they are added.