My Blog Has a PageRank of 5
Nov 7 2007

After doing my post on The Google Trap, I happened upon Pearl’s post at Interesting Observations on Find Page Rank of Every Page of Your Site.  She found a link to a site called Live PR where you can enter your URL and it tells you the page rank of your landing page and all other pages associated with your blog.

As I mentioned in my Google Trap post, I honestly had no idea what the page rank of my blog was.  Well after entering it at the PR Live site, it turns out it’s a PR 5 which apparently is a pretty good thing!  Many of my individual posts range from 0 to 3 rank, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the was a PR 5.

Oddly, it says a post of mine called New Web Template Site is PR 5, but I don’t have a post that has that name.  Also, the number one viewed post on my blog on planning my son’s transformer themed birthday party has a PR 0.

I then asked Pearl in the comment section of her blog what PageRank really meant, and she sent me the following links:

PageRank Explained

PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at considerably more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; for example, it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important.” Using these and other factors, Google provides its views on pages’ relative importance.

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 dozens of 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.

Thanks Pearl!  Because of you I know more today than I did yesterday about PageRank. 🙂

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