crobb305 - 6:21 pm on Apr 27, 2011 (gmt 0)
I took a look at a few patents and now it's getting all clear
Good move :) That is what everyone should be doing. I firmly believe that the secret is in the sauce.
For anyone interested in researching the patents or just reading bullet summaries, [seobythesea.com...] does an outstanding job. Their documentation, analyses, and summaries have been referenced on WebmasterWorld many, many times. The patents are impractical to read line by line (it would be hundreds/thousands of pages over the past 10 years); but the summaries can really get you thinking the way Google thinks (statistically and non-linear).
Also, here are some of those patents you mentioned:
"Document Scoring Based on Document Inception Date" filed on Nov. 20, 2006 (by Matt Cutts)
"Document Scoring Based on Document Content Update" filed on Nov. 21, 2006
"Document Scoring Based on Query Analysis" filed on Nov. 22, 2006
"Document Scoring Based on Link-Based Criteria" filed on Nov. 30, 2006
"Document Scoring Based on Traffic Associated With a Document" filed on Nov. 30, 2006
"System and method for modulating search relevancy using pointer activity monitoring" filed on July 13, 2010