Look harder: http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_beginner/for_those_who_want_to_loose_fat_while_gaining_muscle?id=2438600&pageNo=0
This is highly dependent on the person. Genetics will play a major factor in HOW you gain your weight.
How long did you try this method? Did you maintain in between each of these cycles? (see link above for explanation) My guess is that you bulked to gain a few pounds and then cut it right off.
This has already been answered so I won't beat a dead horse.
From what I remember, carb cycling allows your body to have extra calories/carbs on a day that you need it and less on days that you don't. I did it for 4mo and was able to gain 10lbs and barely any fat.
Read up more on this b/c many people have made great progress on this.
If you know this question comes up all the time, why did you say you couldn't find anything? lol
My guess is that if your new to dieting and weightlifting that you need to get on a better diet and a fixed training schedule. Many new people go from program to program and don't ever give it enough time to produce positive results.
Find a diet, try it for 4+ months and keep track of yourself by measurements, weight and pictures.
Also, find a training program that will help you with your strength goals and stick with that for the same amount of time and keep a workout log.