Earlier today Yandex announced [in Russian] that links have been removed from their ranking algorithm for certain categories of queries.
The new search algorithm was first announced at IBC Russia by Alexander Sadovsky, Head of Search at Yandex, back in December. Some weeks ago Yandex confirmed than the new ranking formula would be released in February or March this year.
Today’s change will several verticals, such as:
- Real estate
- Home appliances
- Clothes and accessories
- Health and beauty
- Legal services
The list of verticals was revealed earier today by Sadovsky himself at Bynet Week conference in Minsk, Belarus.
The next verticals in line are:
- Car rental, taxi & logistics
- Construction services
- Industrian machinery
- Furniture & windows
For now links are not being counted for search results in Moscow region, but the new algorithm will spread to other regions during 2014.
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