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For what it's worth - and I see it as a prize for my linking efforts - I am seeing a Google Page Rank update.
The funniest thing is that it's my page of links that has taken the biggest increase, going from 0 to 3.
[edited by: tedster at 9:56 am (utc) on May 28, 2009]
We gain links slowly (on news sites, blogs, and more) every week. We don't do any social networking or promotions though. We've watched two new (less than a year) competitor sites jump to a PR5 simply by self-promotion on all the social sites.
Alas the old school way of making good content and letting the links roll in naturally does not seem to be working... at least for us! ;-)
Oddly, we launched another site 2 years ago. It has barely any inbound links, and it is a PR4. Our older site has thousands of inbound links gained over 10 years, it is a PR4.
Traffic continues to grow, so we can't complain! (though I guess I am complaining... ;-)
However, it's interesting that people still believe the PR Toolbar has some relevancy.
I admit I can occasionally catch myself wearing the proverbial tin hat, but it sure looks like what is displayed in that tool bar is systematically distorted. Its morphed from a real indicator of a sites quality to a program of disinformation aimed at creating confusion, primarily to throw off the link industry.
I think your better off charting crawl rates, than looking at that little green bar to determine whatever that “signal” meant to you.