Boaz - 6:42 am on Sep 27, 2004 (gmt 0)
"You used to be able to have virtually 0 pagerank and still rank first for a very very specific term. Now, some sites can't with decent pagerank can't even do that."
Rick_m, that does not contradict it possibly being a (behind the scenes) PR update that has caused all those "I have changed nothing and nothing I see has changed yet my traffic has dropped" testimonials. What you are describing is the "sandbox effect" - and one does not preclude the other.