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I can't see any rhyme or reason to their position or mine.
The site that just bumped me has a page title that goes on forever and a keyword density that borders on spam.which doesn't rhyme, yet still may hold the answer you are looking for.
All of the sites that are ahead of me, though, have been around for three to seven years. My site has only been around since last June.
The first five sites only mention the keyword once in the page title, and their keyword density is lower than the site that bumped me.
I now have eighteen widget pages from various manufacturers, and fourteen of them are on the first page. Three are on the second page.
There are also some 1,000 or so individual pages of the various models of widgets from the eighteen manufacturers, and many of them are on the first page.
I also have 100 "widget stores by state" pages, and all but two are in the #1 to #3 position for a search for "(insert state name here) widget stores."
The number of competing sites returned for the various search terms ranges from 25,000 or so to 550,000 to over two million.
And my site only has a PR of 3.
As others have reported, one of my interior pages--Acme Widgets--has a higher PR than my home page. It's also the only interior page that gets a fresh date.
If there's a pattern here as far as PR goes, I'm not seeing it.
All of this is tempting me to stop searching for reciprocal links, and concentrate even more on adding additional content.
My mystery is less compelling. I show _toolbar_ PR or 6 for my main page,
that is using a toolbar extention for Firefox.
My Google Directory PR shows PR=5 to the left of the listing.
I'm sure there is also some 3+ digit secret PR # internal to Google.
Do we have THREE sets of PR ratings now? For Google alone? - Larry
Ive found about 30 quality inbound links, plus sponsored links from a very related on topic site.
These links are over 3 month old.
I know have 3600 inbound links, and a PageRank of still 4!
Not too bothered as Ranking have remained the same - very high :) But thought the PR would have gone upto a 5 at least?
<My home page had a page rank of 6 yesterday. Today it is 5. What in the world gives? And should I really care?>
No You shouldn't care. Google is Rotating! Before we have noticed "Rotating Algos" and now many friends here including you have reported "Rotating PRs".
Better to spend our time on adding more contents and establishing valuable backlinks.. and leave Google to rotate as much as it wish.
Lets start thinking about generating traffic from other search engines. At present the number of my Yahoo referrals looks very promising. MSN is also sending some happy visitors.
I guess what I'm trying to say is; There is a big world outside the rotating Google.
I do not understand why. None but a couple of really new pages has increased in pagerank. I've tried out a lot of queries and the pages still have their same positions in the search results.
My log files are showing a lot of hits without referring pages, as if visitors were just typing my url into their browsers, or clicking an email link. I though I had gotten mentioned somewhere prominent, but the traffic is persisting.
It is to me as if just more people are getting online. I don't understand it.