Algolia’s Default Product Index (Relevance Index) is ranking a newly created / imported / updated product higher than an older or previously created / updated Shopify products. This basically means if you are selling a piece of cutting board, for example (L x W in inches), 10 x 10, 10 x 12, 10 x 15, … 36 x 48, 48 x 60 and import products from smallest size to largest size. The last product imported, in this case 48 x 60 will always rank the first. But in reality, most people purchase the smallest 10 x 10.
I have confirmed this Relevance’s ranking behavior by manually updating the 10 x 10 product, by changing description, adding a blank space and then deleting the same blank space. Then the Product Index (By Relevance) is ranking the 10 x 10 product first after the update.
Is there a way to change the Shopify Product Relevance Index’s ranking algorithm to actually rank the older products higher than the newer products? Is this behavior configurable? Or, we have to use Custom Ranking Tie-breaking?
Additionally, we are using Algolia for Shopify Collection Filtering — For indexing within a Shopify Collection, is there a way to rank products within the Collection with a manually assigned integer number, say 1, 2, … 100, with 1 ranked highest? If we use Custom Ranking Tie-Breaking, the tie-breaking will affect all searches, right?
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