Yandex to remove links from SEO algorithm shortly

Yandex announced late last year that links were going to be removed from our SEO algorithm for commercial queries in Moscow.  This change was forecast to impact roughly 10% of queries we see and was done to remove a lot of the noise around link signals that is seen for these types of queries.

Russian Search Tips has an update to this announcement saying that links will stop impacting SEO for Yandex in late February or early March of 2014.  This change will impact roughly 50% of commercial queries in the Moscow region.