Slashus - 5:21 pm on Mar 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
WOW AWESOME: No one knows how the hell it works! Thanks!
i.e. You have half the people saying you get sandboxed. You have half the people saying you don't. You have half the people saying it helps. You have half the people saying it hurts. And then the other half (this is like 250% of the people, I know) just shrug our shoulders and say wtf, can they all hear themselves?
So basically, Google takes 1 million ranking factors beyond any 1 human's brain could possibly comprehend, assigns a score that dynamically fluctuates against all the other pages for the same kw and then craps out your ranking on an hour/day/week/month by hour/day/week/month basis. And what helps one person in (seemingly) the same situation hurts another and vice versa.
Thanks for clarifying all this for me. I know what to do now. Make pages for people not search engines! Right?