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I dont think Google PR is again as important as it use to be earlier. There are still many sites that are well ranked with very low PR.
You cannot know that because you cannot know what the true PR of any page is. It has been known for years, and acknowledged by Google, that Toolbar PR is at best an approximation and at worst a random number.
I watched one of my sites drop from PR5-PR2 with no change whatosever in the SERPs.
The big difference is the PR 5 site has been around since 1997 the PR 7 site is circa 2003
"Time" is the biggest variable, the older the site (by the same owner I believe) is the strongest ranking factor out there.
I believe this is due to anyone's inablity to fake it or SEO it. You can't fake owning a site for years. You can optimize, get lots of links, write profound articles, but *age* will still be your biggest PLUS in SE rankings.
Buying an old domain does not seem to have the same effect. I bought a site established in the 90s and it lost traffic before I ever changed a thing.
"I dont think Google PR is again as important as it use to be earlier. There are still many sites that are well ranked with very low PR. "
I suggest you go back and read some PR threads here on WW. Only Google knows the real PR of a site.
SEOPTI, as you said "Only Google knows the real PR of a site." , i agree with this. What i was talking about was a Page Rank that google toolbar shows and which is, i think, the only way to know the PR of any page, is not as reliable as it use to be. I have seen many web pages that are having no content , only outgoing links that too more than 100 links , still enjoying PR 4 or so.On contrary there are many pages having PR 0 or 1 but having good SERP .
Similiarly i have also came across some pages which are having Google PR 1 but not having cached version of that page .
Seems, Google doesnt show or disclose what it interprets.
Toolbar PR. I'm confused?
Is it or Isn't it of any value?