What is Google PageRank?

by Gary on June 29, 2007 · 5 comments

in Google Page Rank

Your Google PageRank tells how important your website is. The importance of your website is gauged by how many websites link back to you. And it is not as simple as it seems. Even the websites linking to you too must have a good Google PageRank. This means the websites linking to you should also be linked to by websites being linked to other, well-linked websites. So in a sense, every website being considered for your PageRank should enjoy a higher PageRank.

The inbound links to your website are counted as “votes”. So the more votes you have, the higher PageRank your earn. You can view a website’s (including yours) by installing (if it is not already installed) the Google Toolbar that resides in the upper part of your browser once the Google toolbar is installed. In the Google PageRank button there is a green bar that ranges from 0/10 to 10/10. As a said, the websites sending you inbound links should also enjoy higher PageRanks (PR). The more links you get from higher PageRank websites, the less links you have to garner in order to attain a higher PageRank.

People have written complete research papers on how Google calculates PageRanks but if you are reading this just to search engine optimize your website, then the only thing worth knowing is that you should get inbound links from trusted websites that get lots of targeted traffic — this is the only thing that matter as far as your PageRank goes.

PageRanks used to be taken seriously a long time back, but not now. They do matter, but not to a great extent. You can enjoy top rankings in the search pages even with a PageRank 1.

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  • paradise philippines

    Most webmasters considers PageRank as a factor for making link exchange decisions… which doesn’t seem right, but when building up your PageRank this is the way to go.

  • Dave S

    Anyone know how long it takes for Google to give your site a PR? I have a domain thats a few years old & have recently updated the site & got some quality inbound links. Its moved up to page 2 on Google seach but still shows PR0 – just wondered if anyone knows how long it usually takes for Google to update the pagerank for a site? Assume its several months, but any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks

  • Dave S

    I agree that people are more likely to chase or exchange links with sites that already have good PR, BUT wouldn’t it be a good policy to check out how many & what quality of links are already coming into that site to see what potential PR could be? Obviously it takes a while for links to be converted to PR, so you could pick up some sites with good potential a lot easier than sites with existing PR2+

  • Andre Colt

    There is no exact date for google updates but one thing that I’ve noticed it took a month probably 3 months maximum.The importance of PR is for link exchange and buying/selling your domain.Link exchange valued PR because some site prefer a site with same PR or even a higher PR compared to your site.

  • Dave S

    Google just updated the PR on one of my sites. I have been working on the links for about 8 weeks & its just gone from a PR0 to PR3. Very happy about that as it now gives me the opportunity to trade links with higher ranked sites. This follows from a previous post about it being worth linking with lower PR sites IF the site is having a lot of SEO/linking done, when the link site PR increases then the value of the inbound links also increase!