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Old 09-20-2001, 03:56 PM   #2
Knut
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I'm pretty sure Google doesn't in any way give precedence for new sites.

During the recent happenings they did give a boost to some news sites for a while, and I think they'll probably do this again every now and then.

Link-popularity and -quality is the most important factors in Google's ranking algorithm. (The more links pointing to you, the better. The most valuable links are those coming from sites with same topic/theme as yours, and from sites that themselves have high link-popularity (or pagerank).

As far as I know, none of the regular search engines give precedence to new submissions. (Altavista did, at least for a while, the complete opposite and penalized new submissions during the first couple of months or so, and Inktomi did (possibly still does) penalize all new free submissions!
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