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    Question Who cares?! Whats the point of PR...

    Hey,

    I am the owner of stratcommandcenter.com. My website has a PR of 4. I hear alot of people, alot, talk about PR... however when I compare my PR against someone else's the other site has soooooo much more traffic then me, probably double the visitors I get, and yet I have 1 more pr then they do. How does this work?

    Whats thepoint of PR and whats the best way to use it to your advantage?

    Sorry if its such a stupid question, but I am just very curious.
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    PR bears no relationship to the amount of traffic a site generates. Among other factors, PR is based on the number of backlinks and the quality of the backlinks a site has from other sites.

    It probably wouldn't surprise anyone if a PR 2 site with photos of "hot chicks" would get more traffic than a PR 7 site about say plate tectonics.

    PR isn't the end all be all statisitic, it is simply one factor that can help one measure the overall success of a site and a site's potential relevance based on its link "popularity".
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    We use it portionally to evaluate value of a site when making aquisitions.

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    PR gets much too much attention. It is simply Google's representation of a page's link popularity. Nothing more, nothing less. It gets way too much attention from webmasters. It's good to know what your PR is and to try to improve it. But it should not be the focus of anyone's website promotional campaign.

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    PR does influence where you'll be listed in Google's listings, but remember that there are hundreds (if not more) of other factors. PR is not an end-all solution.

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    C'mon dude, you can't have a little PR. Do you want your friends laughing at you?

    In reality, PR means little if you're still satisfied with the traffic/revenue that your site brings in. It's not the size of the PR that matters but the motion in the bank account

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    It's not the size of the PR that matters but the motion in the bank account
    That's just what they tell people with a small PR to make them feel better. </just joking because the information is still valid- don't get me wrong>

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    PR comparisons are only applicable if the sites are in the same niche. Ditto for traffic comparisons.
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    I find that people pay more for text links (as in text ads) from pages with higher PR. Not saying that they're right in doing so, just that it does have some direct bearing on my income.

    Note - I never sell the links as PR links! I think the customers are looking at it though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anat
    Note - I never sell the links as PR links! I think the customers are looking at it though
    I agree. I'd rather sell based on the merits of my site and traffic of my site. I usually filter out those that buy solely on PR and just grab those that are interested in my site because it's my site (though it sometimes is hard to turn away the money).


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