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[edited by: tedster at 4:54 am (utc) on Apr 1, 2012]
More precise detection of old pages. [launch codename "oldn23", project codename “Freshness"] This change improves detection of stale pages in our index by relying on more relevant signals. As a result, fewer stale pages are shown to users.
This seems to be the most significant point of the 50 updates in March. I can see websites with fast changing content doing really well now.
WMT shows big decrease in number of indexed pages
Indexed pages remain the same however I am seeing a huge jump in the backlink count in WMT.
Don't know if this is related to what's happening or not.
It appears we saw a statistically relevant shift towards Bing this week. These fluctuations are hurting google. Our cpc clicks are down during the flux days too.
Could that perhaps be related to all the talk about "negative SEO" going on in all of the other forums/sites? Seems like every site I visit, there's a thread about negative SEO and how they advise people to do it, based on real world experiences.
@reseller do you see better results in other non-English engines? Try .com.mx for example.