(1) The only PageRank we mere mortals can view is ToolbarPR, which is at best an outdated and inaccurate representation of what your PR number might have been at some point in the past. ToolbarPR is not used at all in any ranking algorithm. It's a lovely little green bar excellent for keeping webmasters entertained, but otherwise pretty much worthless.
(2) The real PR (known only to Google, not displayed anywhere and not revealed by anybody's online tools no matter what they might claim) is only one of about 200 factors that go into ranking -- so while it's an important part of the algorithm, it's not the end-all and be-all of rankings.
It's never been all that rare for pages displaying a lower ToolbarPR to outrank pages displaying a higher ToolbarPR. But since ToolbarPR has nothing whatsoever to do with rankings, that's not terribly surprising.
Diane Aull - NineYards.com
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