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Not the case. Uptading is not a goal by itself. They will update when they are ready to do so. Technically they just cannot be "late".
Speculating on why could bring a lot of interesting theories yet to be verified, but nothing more. Mine is just that they have too much things to do before they update. As simple as that.
I wouldn't be sad if there was never a big update again, rather tweaking and updated results all month long
Yahoo -> google serps
google -> counteracts against googlebombing
google -> BBC and other media reports about censorship.
yahoo's serp seem cleaner than googles (yahoo algo better?)
There was a SMALL out cry from people who lost their rankings in the last googleboming algo change.
I think google have been trying algo tweaks all this month but only in certain areas.
I saw on one day three of four changes in an hour, which throw up loads of spam sites to the surface and then they were removed from the index all together.
when google are ready they will start the update, but i think this one will be a biggie.
The only way the update is going to go away is if Google completely drops PR as an algo component.
Google's not going to drop PR but yes, their ultimate aim seems to be updating the sites on daily basis and when they reach that stage, even then the update would still be there but it won't be to add new sites but to calculate their links, PR etc.
And the way Google is working on "minty fresh" results my guess is that by January next year they would start including fresh sites every second day and the updates would only be for the calculation part.
If a site one month had put in an extra effort for linking it wouldnt become apparent till update time so you would still be in the same boat as we are now.. IMO
There also could have been hardware problems in the data centers. A router could go down, a bad SCSI switch, any number of problems that could slow things down.
>"I think the update will happen when it's ready, and we've finished our normal battery of testing and evaluation."
This is basically Googleguy saying nothing substantive. Of course sometime in the future there will be an update. However, not even a hint there that the October update will even happen in October. In March, that update didn't happen until April 6.
We'll see. One thing I've noticed in the past is just before the update www, www2 and www2 all settle down to the same results, and fresh listings seem to vanish. I am seeing that at the moment. My guess is the update is very near. Of course, I could be wrong. ;)
Surely if they still add the new pages every day and do the calculating once a month, then the once a month update would still be as important as it is now to alot of people.
Not necessarily. Relevance seems to take precedence over PageRank (at least, when things are working correctly), so changes in PageRank wouldn't necessarily have much effect for multi-word keyphrases (especially keyphrases that aren't highly competitive).
Note that I said "when things are working correctly." At the moment, a low-relevance page has rocketed to the #1 position for one of my major keyphrases because of the PR7 that it receives as a subdomain within a "network of sites." It would appear that, at least for the moment, PageRank is taking precedence over relevance in some cases.