I just took a look at my Google page rank. My home page now shows up at 6 of 10. I was astounded when I went from 3 to 5; this is ridiculous.
Here’s how Google explains what page rank means:
Important, high-quality sites receive a higher PageRank, which Google remembers each time it conducts a search. Of course, important pages mean nothing to you if they don’t match your query. So, Google combines PageRank with sophisticated text-matching techniques to find pages that are both important and relevant to your search. Google goes far beyond the number of times a term appears on a page and examines all aspects of the page’s content (and the content of the pages linking to it) to determine if it’s a good match for your query.
The TV station’s site, wtnh.com, is also a 6… and they have two full time staffers plus part time help when needed.
My guess is, links earned by posting on Slashdot boosted me. I know a few bloggers have me as a permanent link, and I’m appreciative because that helps too.