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And away we GO!
Good luck to you all. :)
And, don't worry. I'm not about to kill myself yet. I'll wait until the dance is over before anything that drastic. ;)
Nearly one month to the day on these boards and suddenly I've jumped from the 3rd page to the 1st for my target keyword!!! Yes, I know, it still has to settle, but it's a definite sign of progress.
Thanks for the great advice everyone... :)
From past behaviour I see...
1. PR seems to be factored in at the very last stages of the 3 to 4 day update. Thats why new pages often perform well early in the update but drop at the finish line..
2. As we all know, rankings shift a lot during the first few days. Last month, the main www didnt really settle for us for 2 weeks...
3. Results early in the first stages bear only some resemblance to how it settles. Ours vary wildy through www, 2, and 3 for those days. Really, the only one that counts is that at the end of the update. And you cant do a thing about transient results - you are just an observer, until it settles, so going off changing pages after the first few hours or days may not be time usefully spent.
Save the time peering at results for improving your site for later updates!