of course that's true. most of our list is probably subject to multiple cascaded dependencies. that's the reason why this thread is called 100 variables and not 15 variables and it's also the reason why i tried to stick to concrete example queries.
anyway i think it's important to simplify. i think as soon as we have a list everybody somehow agrees on we should get these benefits:
1) have a check lists of to do's. not for cheating but for good usability and SE-aware-design.
2) be roughly aware of the importance of factors. some in this community seem of over-estimate link pop while others only go for kw stuffing, etc. it's the mix that does the trick and i'd like to have an example mix outlined.
3) learn from concrete examples. it's not allowed in this forum (and for good reasons) to discuss concrete queries. this thread is an (suposedly) acceptable exception ;-)
personally i have learned more from this thread (your replys and looking at the examples) than in 6 weeks of following threads here.
what percentage-ranges do you, vita, think each factor accounts for, looking at the 2 example queries?
[edited by: muesli at 6:28 pm (utc) on Sep. 2, 2002]