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Some time back in this forum I commented I believed that Google was in a new era, which I dubbed the "continuous update" one. Before the did a full reshuffle of the whole index every month or so. It looks to me now that they just fold in various algo factors on a rolling basis, and not all at once.
My site has gone from a pr3 to pr5 and stayed at pr5 for about 2 months so far but i don't see it anywhere in the google serps.
I liked monthly updates because it gives you some hopes that maybe you'd do well in the next update or so. Seeing the same sites in top ten for the past 2-3 months with little changes does really bore me.
I have heard new sites aren't appearing on the search? theres a delay somewhere and thats where 2 of my sites ly so really im not that happy.
Every 3 to 5 weeks or so, there is a "backlinks update." This is an update of the backlinks that google shows for your site (using the "link:" command).
As to when google internally updates the backlinks and gives your site "credit" for the increased or decreased PR: I don't think anyone here really knows for sure when that happens - or if it happens on an ongoing basis or not. Well, if anyone knows, they're not saying.
I add pages every day or two and they get crawled and show in the index within 2-4 days. All the PR5 =/+ pages get crawled every couple of days. Older pages under PR5 get crawled every couple of weeks.
It's a rolling update these days. There is no particular full indexing that happens at once. The IPO might be a crock, but the perma-freshbots are very cool.
For what it's worth, I thought there was a decent size update three or four weeks ago - but I don't waste my time looking for that which may not exist and over which I have no control anyway.
Any historians amongst us?