Google Page Rank

by Gary on November 15, 2006 · 4 comments

in Google Page Rank,SEO

I noticed today that the www & non-www versions of phoenixrealm had different Google page ranks – 6.5 & 6.4

My understanding is that Google classifies these as separate domains, and that you can get a page rank boost by telling Google there is only one and generally helping search engine optimisation. This can be achieved by placing an appropriate version of the following in your .htaccess file:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^phoenixrealm.com$
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.phoenixrealm.com/$1 [R=permanent]

If anyone has a differing opinion, or a better method, please let me know.

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  • Richard

    Use google sitemaps; you can tell google directly that these are the same page.

  • brem

    How did you get decimals for PRs? I thought Google only disclosed integers as PR.

  • Gary

    Hi Richard and Brem, thank you for your comments, much appreciated.

    I had forgotten that google sitemaps gives you the option of defining whether you want google to spider the www or the non-www version of a site. This method does have the advantage of requiring less technical knowledge and some people maybe have servers that do not support .htaccess. I guess I prefered to adopt the .ht way as I could immediately see the effect of the change. Now Richard has reminded me I will give the sitemaps way a go.

    Brem, my understanding of Google page rank is that google calculates it to decimal places (how many I am unsure) and that the displayed PR in the toolbar is only rounding to the nearest whole number.

    I established (I think) the difference from using the page rank predictor here http://www.iwebtool.com/pagerank_prediction – this tool predicted not only a difference in PR but also a current difference in back links – can it’s accuracy be relied upon, only time will tell.

  • Joost de Valk

    It’s a floating point indeed, but you can never say a site has PR x.x unless you work at Google… For us common people it will always be a 0-10 number. Your rewrite would indeed work btw, and allthough Google allows you to set it, the rewrite would still be a good idea for other SE’s.