Google's page ranking algorithms

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A few days ago I started a thread here on physicsforums about a new article on climate change. Yesterday I was using google to find out more about some related research. To my surprise the thread I started was on top when searching using some but rather generic keywords.

If you google using the search string "deadly blow", the thread I started is at nr. 3, even though the thread title was changed within hours by the moderator. How is this possible for such a generic search string as "deadly blow"?
 
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I may be wrong! but isn't the phrase 'deathly blow' and not 'deadly blow'? That may explain why this phrase isn't as common as you might think.
 
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PF is fairly well ranked at Google i noticed, forums are good sources of information, so Google might rank forums higher.
 
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PF is fairly well ranked at Google i noticed.
PF runs Google ads. Coincidence, or not? :uhh:
 
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PF is fairly well ranked at Google i noticed, forums are good sources of information, so Google might rank forums higher.
PF has a high confidence rating, so threads started here show up at or near the top of searches.
 
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Also, Google loves fresh content, so it's especially high as soon as the googlebot finds it.
 
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PF runs Google ads. Coincidence, or not? :uhh:
That's a good point. If Google can drive traffic to sites with Google ads in favor of other sites why wouldn't they? I wonder...
 
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That's a good point. If Google can drive traffic to sites with Google ads in favor of other sites why wouldn't they? I wonder...
No, Google's Pigeon Ranking is completely above board. (I will never get tired of reading this)

http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html [Broken]
 
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I can already see the tie breaker function:
Code:
Page A, B;
if(A.Rank == B.Rank){
    if(A.AdRank > B.AdRank) return A;
    else return B;
}
How many pigeons does it take to code that?
 

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