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I just launched a complete redesign. Old site pages 301'ed to the new pages (new layout, old content) plus a number of new pages.
Less than a day later, Google has me ranking as high as #1 for some of the new pages. One listing even says "- 21 hours ago".
If it makes any difference, it's possible that the pages are on a topic that is fairly 'newsy' right now.
The site's fairly static. In the past I've assumed I'd rank on new content after a week or two. This rush to the top is a bit surprising to me.
Does this mean anything? My site's better? Or are my rankings going to crash in a week?
I wouldn't expect the red widget rankings to change and to date they haven't (though it's early). I was just very surprised that my new green and blue widget pages went to the top in < 24 hours. Previously adding new pages on red widgets would rank, but they seemed to take a lot longer than that. That's why I wondered if perhaps the pages were looking like 'news'. Certainly there's a lot of searches for it right now that would have just started (no, it's not weightloss :) ).