Google appears to dropping older web pages from its searches:
I think Google has stopped indexing the older parts of the Web. I think I can prove it. Google’s competition is doing better.
Evidence · This isn’t just a proof, it’s a rock-n-roll proof. Back in 2006, I published a review of Lou Reed’s Rock n Roll Animal album. Back in 2008, Brent Simmons published That New Sound, about The Clash’s London Calling. Here’s a challenge: Can you find either of these with Google? Even if you read them first and can carefully conjure up exact-match strings, and then use the “site:” prefix? I can’t.
[Update: Now you can, because this piece went a little viral. But you sure couldn’t earlier in the day.]
Competition · Bing can find it! DuckDuckGo can too! Both of them can find Brent’s London Calling piece, too
This is not surprising.
They buried the date range search in 2014, and their dominance in advertising has meant that they really don’t have to compete on search around the edges.
They know that there is no meaningful alternative for getting eyeballs and ad revenue.