Msg#: 4031137 posted 7:19 am on Nov 25, 2009 (gmt 0)
But what you see or don't see on the toolbar does not mean any ranking help. Real PR, whatever it is on any given day in Google's back office, that brings ranking help. However, it's there long before you ever see any evidence on the toolbar.
Msg#: 4031137 posted 9:47 am on Nov 25, 2009 (gmt 0)
PageRank in the 'green bar' updates around once a quarter. I have switched mine off as it does not seem to influence the SERPs that much...other factors do seem to be of much greater importance at this time.
Msg#: 4031137 posted 10:28 am on Nov 25, 2009 (gmt 0)
The absolute PR isn't much of an issue, the question is where are your key search terms coming in the SERPS.
A long time ago on a former site, I identified about a dozen key searches and kept a record of the position of each in G, MSN and Y. I then worked on improving the ranking of each term that was "below the fold".
That site is long gone and on the current site I haven't even checked the PR. I regularly check the position on real life searches from the site stats. As a result of that I identified a key search that wasn't performing, made some minor adjustments to content and pushed up visits by about 30% (from an admittedly low base for a new site).