Originally Posted by touchring
I read somewhere google checks whois when deciding pr value?
I think this is a myth started and propogated by registrars who wanted to sell 10 year registrations at a time. I have a domain that I've registered and always renewed a year at a time, and it has been in number one spot almost since it's creation 3 years ago. For the first year, it hovered between 1st and 7th place, but it's been locked in 1st for a long time now. To make matters even more complicated, there are quite a few more heavily developed and professional sites than mine regarding the same topic which rank lower. My site is less than 10 pages...
One of the things I attribute the ranking to is the use of validated strict html and validated css. Search engines use parsers, and they have a harder time parsing non-compliant code.