Google PageRank Update October 2009Category: Personal
I checked this site today and noticed that the Google toolbar installed in my browser displays a thicker green bar. My suspicion was confirmed when I hover my mouse over it and it says 3/10.
Yippee! This is now a PR 3 website.
Google’s last PageRank update was last June 2009 and I was at PR 2. So after 4 more months, my PR increased by 1.
What is this PageRank (PR) thing anyway?
Wikipedia says PageRank is a link analysis algorithm, named after Larry Page, used by the Google Internet search engine that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” it.
In layman’s term, when a site linked to your site, that’s a vote for your site. The more links you get, the more votes you have and your site’s importance increases in the eyes of Google.
Is having a high PR a guarantee of having a high rank in the Google SERPs (search engine results page)?
Not really. Recently, Google removed the PR score from its WebMaster tools which tells us that it really is not that important.
Susan Moskwa, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst even said,
We’ve been telling people for a long time that they shouldn’t focus on PageRank so much; many site owners seem to think it’s the most important metric for them to track, which is simply not true. We removed it because we felt it was silly to tell people not to think about it, but then to show them the data, implying that they should look at it.
So, why am I happy with my PR increase?
Call it pride.
Some bloggers and web site owners might not admit but isn’t it more fulfilling to see a number other than a plain, dry, boring ZERO on your PR toolbar?
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