Google Pagerank Simplified !!

Posted by Unknown on Jan 17, 2009

In Brief :
    I was surfing net yesterday when I accidently discovered that the homepage of my blog has a pagerank of 2. Last time I played this game it was 0 (a month back I guess). I checked it on a number of credible online tools and google datacenters to verify it's not fake. Hopefully it's not !!
    Not sure whether it matters but anyways here is PAGERANK simplified for you.

    • Google uses 200 signals ( read "ways") to determine the importance of a web page. The " Google Pagerank Algorithm" which has been patented is one of them. Google bought the rights from Stanford University.
    • PageRank reflects Google's view of the importance of web pages by considering more than 500 million variables and 2 billion terms.
    • Pagerank is a ranking system from 0-10 where a rank of 10 is the highest.
    In simple terms Google takes into account the following two factors :

    • No. of backlinks to your page
    • The quality/ranks/pagerank of the sites that link to your site. It means that if two pages link to you , one having a Pagerank of 4 and other 2, the Pagerank 4 site's link will carry more weight.

    So it's not only the quantity but also the quality of pages that link to you that matter. However my advice will be don't go looking for quality back-links. Instead try networking within your niche without any bias towards higher page-rank sites.
    Thanks to all my friends mentioned in the sidebar ("The Chosen Ones" and Blogcatalog)

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    In case you want to fiddle with your site's stats, read more for the best free online SEO tools....

In Detail :
  • RankingToday : Terrific site for complete SEO check-up of your site. Also has a free meta-tag and keyword generator among other tools. Lists the real page-rank and alo the average pagerank across number of Google centers.
  • Diagnosticoweb : Easily one of the best online SEO tool. Extensive info is presented in simple manner. You can have all the data on your fingertips !!
  • Iwebtools : Amazing array of web tools. Boasts of a host of tools beyond imagination
  • Popuri : cool and simple interface. It gives the number of Google Pagerank, Alexa rank and also Google and Yahoo backlinks plus Delicious and Technorati backlinks.
  • Linkvendor : This one makes pagerank and SEO comparisons between two or more sites fun. One can check almost everything in detail right from pagerank, social bookmarks, keyword analysis, website speed and more....

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Amgad Suliman said...

Thank you Rakesh, this is very helpful. I searched a while back for online tools like these, but the ones I found aren't as good.

rakesh said...

It feels nice to know you liked it.
Thanks Amgad.

Bjorn said...

Nice article, with some very very handy links there, especially is one I will be using more often!

GAGAY: the walkingnewspaper said...

congratulations and you have that PR 2 now..unfortunately, mine dropped to 0 again..huhu!i just had PR 3 3 months ago, and the time that i was not active, it dropped again to 0..huhu!

rakesh said...

@Bjorn - Thanks. I too prefer rankingtoday !!

@Gagay - Thanks. Don't need to worry about pagerank when you have followers like me !!

GAGAY said...

dropping by! how are you today!?


2bZest said...

I was here friend, success

GAGAY said...

Hey! you've been quiet these past days..haven't heard from you!

how are you then?


Martin ( said...

Aha I was wondering what this pagerank lark is about. Thanks for the helpful information :)

rakesh said...

@Gagay - Been busy with work. Guess I'll have more time in coming days. Thanks for keeping in touch !!

@Martin - Glad that you liked it !!

Anonymous said...

The reliability and credibility of the Alexa Rankings have often been subject to differences. There are opinions that the Alexa ranking is far more credible and true for the sites below 10,0000 than that for the ones above it. Another factor that proves to be a major drawback of the Alexa rankings is that the rankings are governed by the Alexa toolbar and the Alexa toolbar users community. All the browser types are not taken into account as far as the rankings are concerned. As for example the Alexa rankings does not work in Windows Vista even though the latter has a huge user base and is highly popular.

rakesh said...

Marin, that was useful info. The problem with Google Pagerank is on a scale of 10 you don't really get an idea whether we are improving. Also it's not really indicative of the incoming traffic where I think Alexa scores. What do you think ?

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