What is Google PageRank?

Google PageRank (PR) is a way that Google devised to rank a website’s popularity. Google explains it this way:

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.

The result of all this is that each website can be assigned a number from 1 to 10. 10 is the highest popularity rank a website can recieve. It’s important to note that these are NOT ten equal steps. Google PR is set up like the eathquake Richter Scale. Each level is progressivly harder to reach.

Here are some examples of Google PageRank:

  • http://www.google.com – 10
  • http://www.litquotes.com – 5
  • http://www.skipmcgrath.com – 5
  • http://www.abcnews.com – 8
  • http://www.seattletimes.com – 7
  • http://www.myspace.com – 8
  • http://www.livingstonenterprise.com – 4
  • http://www.usps.com – 8

So what’s the rank of your website? If you have the Google Toolbar you can see it there. There are also websites that give you that information.

1 Comment

  1. Hey, my page rank was 4, which is higher than I thought it’d be.

    Interesting post! Thanks for this info, Marsha.

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