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On one of my pages I have a section that is under construction. There are some links to these pages, but they are not easy for users to find. Googlebot has found many of them however, and indexed them. There are about 40 pages in this section, with titles in the following format:
<Page Title> - <Section Title>
The main page for this section is titled <Section Title>. (btw, "Section title" is a three word phrase)
About a week ago, I received at link to one of the 40 subpages from a PR7 page. (The anchor text for the link did not contain the <page title> nor the <section title>)
Now, a Google search for "Section Title" shows that subpage ranked #8. If anything, I would expect the main page of my "section title" to rank well for that phrase, but #8 is still higher than I would expect. The only thing different about this particular subpage, compared to the other 39 subpages, is the PR7 backlink. The link was made on Aug. 5 - I only noticed the #8 ranking today, but it could have been there for days, I don't know.
Seems to me like good evidence that backlinks (and thus PR) are being taken into account on a rolling basis.
So, no PR update yet there! However, it doesn't matter that much to me since I am showing high in the SERPs
They just do what old Balthasar Gracian recommended 500 years ago: you should know everything, but not TELL everybody.
Using a little smoke and mirrors probably is the only way to keep the index somewhat free of unrelevant results. If "over-SEOers" could see the result of their work in realtime they'd tune it until they hit #1 - using loads of real time rank checking tools, page ranking tools - you name it.
Highly possible...I'm also not sure whether PR transfer is exactly calculated or merely estimated once a new link was crawled, but it surely give effects on ranking in a very short period of time. Since Esmeralda it appears that Google reports on true PR and backlinks would be done at regular time intervals.
For ex. I got new sites with zero-base off-page factor. After seeded set of links were added, it first appeared on page 4. Later on whenever new set of inbound quality links were added, the positive effect can be seen within 5 to 10 days. The report of true PR and backlinks were delayed till update.
The main page's PR jumped from PR0 to PR1 in the 6/03 dance. I've been anxiously awaiting the next dance, as I have links from many different sources now including a Yahoo Directory listing and tons of press mentions.
Wednesday evening (about 12 hours ago), my PR jumped from PR1 to PR4.