From a personal perspective, I see page rank coming from your actual rank in Google. Such as if you google your keywords, how do you come up?
This adds up to lots of content, keyword saturation, backlinks, and basically the more you are seen as an authority in your industry, the better page rank you will have. It takes time and it's basically up to google how you are seen.
PR comes down to link building and getting good quality sites to link to you. IMO PR isn't worth worrying about unless you are wanting to sell links or ads on your site which in that case PR becomes a selling point. Traffic is what you want instead. This can be achieved by posting quality articles, participating in blogs and forums, setting up a campaign with AdWords, etc.
Page rank is calculated based on the number of quality of back links that you are getting. If you want to get high PR, then you have to continue building links. Building links helps you get the quality of back links you want..
pagerank is not everything, you should focus on your conversion rates. any way if you want to increase it you must get backlinks pointing to your site.I suggest to add it in directories, forums etc. Also try to get some quality links from pages with high pagerank and few external links.
If your site is new or you are still building the site, add your site as soon as possible. It can take up to a month to see your site turn up in Google. This is a rough estimate, as the time period is steadily diminishing.
PageRank really is one of the least factors you should be worried about. The only method to obtain a high PR is to have a quality website with well optimized and updating content, plus links from authority sites, blogs and forums.
Page ranking, despite what many SEO experts say, are just a small part of your SEO plan. The ranking algorithm is complicated; believe us when we tell you, a lower page ranked site can actually surpass a higher ranked site.
Rethink your SEO strategy. Page rank is a great determination of websites popularity; however, it won't be the major factor in gaining website traffic.
I don't even worry about it anymore. It bounces up and down all the time. As long as my traffic is going up that's all that matters.
Yes, there is a shortcut to get higher PR, if you want to call it a shortcut: Write absolutely great content that people will love and therefore will post a link on their web site advising your content. In other words, get viral.
Google Toolbar PageRank has no bearing on how your website will rank in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). It is merely a measurement of "relative importance" to Google. Web pages that have a higher PR than other web pages will NOT necessarily outrank those pages in the SERPs. Why? Because the lower ranked pages may have a much higher quality of content and keyword relevance.
From my experience so far, what can be done is, you have to make sure that you have proper onsite setup & unique content. Apart from this, OFFSITE SEO is very important factor which determines PR. You have to get backlinks from your niche related sites as well as you have to get backlinks from PR web pages too. Those will help you to increase your PR. :)
One of the factors that affect page rank is the number of inbound links that you are getting. Just make sure to create quality of inbound links. Google gives more value on the quality compared to those irrelevant sites that you are getting.
Quality content to your site help to improve traffic to your web site.
Also Quality Back link from high PR site are really help to improve your site PR.
Doing Social bookmarking,article posting,blog comment,yahoo ans,directory submission and Forum posting really help u lot.