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Within 1 week of submitting the site to Google it appears in searches for the keywords I concentrated on - in fact it appears in the top 5 already, surrounded by websites that deal with the same subject matter and have been there for years with PR's of 5,6, and 7.
Funny thing is, my site has No page rank no outside links.
This leads me to believe page rank is not worth much anymore. Any comments?
This leads me to believe page rank is not worth much anymore
Hi Vermont ...
I have had pretty much the same experience in several areas. Good on-page optimisation alone can certainly achieve results.
But try the same trick in any competitive area (say SERPs with 1 million+ results where SEO activity is obvious). You will be quickly introduced to the value of good PR :)
No page rank no outside links
If this is really true, have another look in a week. The site will probably have vanished again (time to go and find a link or two!)
PR is a lot more than just incoming links
Not so. Check this out ...
However, redesigning a site can make a change to the way pagerank is distributed. This could explain the change in PR of a certain page of your site.
Note that PR is assigned to a page, not a site.
Where there is a lack of SEO-savvy webmasters, not much PR is required to do rather well in the SERPS - say 3 or 4.
Where there is more SEO going on, a higher PR is going to be required to play for the top places, but it isn't the decider!
When you first start out, and with new pages, Google seems to let you play anyway - perhaps because your pages are fresh and google likes fresh content.
the domains listed here have still high pagerank although they have been down for over 60 day as these are expired domainnames.
pr is acting very strange now, that's why expired domain names became pretty worthless (sometimes you can find a good one though)
(although link contains the word "adult" there is no adult content on this site, nor any links to adult sites)
Based on this experience now I even think the PR is not very important.
And I find a lot of PR0,1,2 websites rank top 10 while some PR5,6,7 websites are followed.
I know PR is important but not always.