startup - 3:03 am on May 3, 2003 (gmt 0) Almost forgot something.
The two "dead" pages are where they are because of links to them. Do a search on Google for the links to these pages.(link:www.webmasterworld.com)
"Is it really all down to incoming links?"
At the risk of over simplifying how Google works I am going to say yes.
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Almost forgot something.