Feb 032009

Page rank is a number and it is one of the most important factor in determining the amount of traffic on your website. There is a simple rule “More will be your page rank, more the search engines will favour your content” when the user search for any data. Well actually its a lot more complex process but for understanding the concept, this rule will do the work.


According to Google:

PageRank Technology: PageRank reflects our view of the importance of web pages by considering more than 500 million variables and 2 billion terms. Pages that we believe are important pages receive a higher PageRank and are more likely to appear at the top of the search results.

PageRank also considers the importance of each page that casts a vote, as votes from some pages are considered to have greater value, thus giving the linked page greater value. We have always taken a pragmatic approach to help improve search quality and create useful products, and our technology uses the collective intelligence of the web to determine a page’s importance.

Obviously you should try to get higher page rank for your website. Page Rank above 3 or 4 is considered good. Page Rank above 6 is very excellent and page rank above 8 is exceptional.

The phenomenon of page rank is logarithmic means it is non linear. Google as well as other search engines use complex algorithms to rank your website and these algos are kept top secret. But for your understanding consider this table.


Well suppose there are two pages Page A and Page B, both are of same page rank. Page A has 10 links and page B has 50 links, the pages receiving links from page A will get higher page rank as compared to pages receiving links from page B. Why? Because the PageRank of a page can only give off a distributed fraction of its own PageRank. So pages with less links on them, are more profitable in terms of PageRank building.

The above description will be better explained by page dilution. Well consider the image below. Consider the test-tubes as pages and the red liquid in them as the page rank. Simply as links develop from page A to page B to page C and so on, the PageRank value of those links dilute from the original numeric value.


4 Responses to “What is meant by PageRank?”

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  3. behrouz says:

    nice post and info

  4. Loy43 says:

    Isolating this ongoing re-valuation is efficient. ,

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