Google PageRank Explained and Uncovered | March 31, 2004

Google Page Rank is a very interesting thing. On the surface, it’s quite easy to understand. The Page Rank (or PR) of a site is related to the PR of all the sites pointing to it. Each page pointing to your site gives you a little bit of PR. Thus, the more sites you have pointing to you, the higher your PR will be. Sites with higher PR’s have more PR to give, so it’s beneficial if you are linked to by sites with a high PR.

However, scratch the surface and things get much more involved. There are quite a few articles about PageRank. However, here are a couple of the better ones.

If you wanted to check your page rank, you previously had to download the Google toolbar, something that was only available for IE on PC. However you can now check your page rank on the web, using this handy Page Rank Calculator

Posted at March 31, 2004 8:53 PM


Malarkey said on March 31, 2004 10:26 PM

Great resources, thanks Andy. I see we hit 5/10 whereas gets 7/10… mmmmmph, need to work on that ;)

blakems said on March 31, 2004 10:55 PM

Good to know.
Here is a link to a page rank prediction. It works alright, we’ll have to wait and see if it actually works.

Also does anyone know how google’s pagerank compares to yahoo’s webrank

blakems said on March 31, 2004 10:57 PM

here is the URL to the page rank prediction page.

Justin said on April 1, 2004 12:02 AM

I still prefer Pigeon Rank

Mike P. said on April 1, 2004 8:50 AM

Though I haven’t read thru those artices, I might add that the google employee who posts on the webmasterworld forums has mentioned that the PR we see in the toolbar and tools is often ‘stale’ data.

When they roll out a full update in the serps, it reflects all of the new backlink ‘weighting’ (i.e. to a degree PR, but also anchor text), however the actual PR data that we see in the toolbar is updated less frequently…