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Google Pagerank Update

If you’ve visited any webmaster forums in the last few days you’ll hear the webmasters talking about the Google Page Rank update. This update takes place about 4 times a year. Google’s Pagerank formula is secret and is designed to allocate authority or weight to individual web pages. The higher your web page’s pagerank the more authorative your website is being seen by the Google Search Engine. A website’s pagerank can be from 0 to 10 based on popularity. You can view a web page pagerank by downloading the Google Toolbar here: toolbar.google.com. Once installed, you’ll be able to see the pagerank of any web page that you visit automatically.

google page rank

The toolbar also has a pop up blocker, a form filler,  and allows you to search directly from the toolbar and more.

If you don’t want to install the toolbar, you can check a website’s pagerank here: http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/tools/multi-rank-checker/. Just enter the page url like http://www.hooverwebdesign.com/

You may wonder what is the benefit of a high page ranking site. Really the only benefits are bragging rights. It takes a lot of hand work and time to get a high pagerank. A high ranking page is a PR5, PR6, PR7, PR8, or better. The higher the pagerank number the more difficult to achieve the ranking. When you are exchanging links with another website, having a higher page rank will get your site accepted more easily. That being said, you shouldn’t worry too much about pagerank…you should devote your time to getting traffic to your website which will ultimately increase your websites sales which makes you more money.

In case you do want to increase your pagerank, you should continue to exchange links with similar websites, consider giving away something free from your website, start a website awards program, and purchase directory listings. Advertising with Google Adwords wouldn’t hurt either. :)


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May 1st, 2008 at 12:20 pm

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