Google Page Rank – How to Check and what is the Theory behind?

PageRank reflects Google’s view of the importance of web pages by considering more than 500 million variables and 2 billion terms. Pages which they believe are important,  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.

Today, Google did an update to its Page Rank (PR) and its nice to see msigeek.com has a PR of 5 now. The below graph just depicts the journey this blog has had with regard to the Page Ranks.

msigeek.com Google Page Rank History

Google has taken a pragmatic approach to help improve search quality and create useful products, and their technology uses the collective intelligence of the web to determine a page’s importance.

How to check the Page Rank of a Website / Blog

Method 1: Install the Google Toolbar and you have a menu item which will show the rank of the current page you are browsing. (Keep in mind, if you open a webpage, example.com/test.html – you will get the rank for the test.html page and not for the example.com website.

Check Page Rank using Google Toolbar

Method 2: This is usually not the recommended way, but still you can check your Page Rank from a third party website prchecker.info – Here is the link – http://prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php (you will need to enter a captcha to verify that you are a human)

Check Page Rank using prchecker.info

How a Query gets Searched online?

PageRank is a link analysis algorithm, named after Larry Page (Co-founder of Google Inc)  If you wanna read more on how Page Ranks are calculated, read this article from David Austin on How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web’s Haystack. I would also recommend you to read this Wikipedia article on Google Page Ranks. Some real good information there!

Google assigns a numeric weighting from 0-10 for each webpage on the Internet; this PageRank denotes your site’s importance in the eyes of Google. Check out this graph which actually denotes how much effort is needed behind achieving better Page Ranks  – Check this Graph on Elliance SEO Services

Here is a nice Pictoric representation on How a Search Query gets processed. (Source – Google Corporate Information – Technology Overview). How a Search Query Gets processed on Google Search

If you have a blog/website, I would be glad to hear whats your page rank is.. Do lemme know.!

35 comments

  1. Hey Vijay, nice article. Thanks for the info. Well, I see the third bar in the graph has a wrong caption (Nov – Mar 2010)! Rest all looks cool. Congratulations on moving higher on PR. I don’t know how else to make my PR go up… i am standstill @ 2 for a long time now.

    1. Thanks for your comments Mohan. Well, i wanted to say it as Nov 2009 to Mar 2010. Putting a 2009 there did clutter the image., so didnt add it 🙂 I was a little skeptical..and you caught me right there..! he he..!

      Well, the PR primarily depends on how many quality content holders link with you.! Thats the only way.. i see Google rating your content good. Indeed, for a long time I was in PR4 (Nov to March). I wrote a how-To article series (http://msigeek.com/?p=2882) and it got linked in Microsoft TechNet. Also, few of my articles got featured in top Tech blogs like, Windows Club, Winobs, nirmaltv, indezine etc.. Thats a good sign., which i reckon helped me to gain a better rank. Summing up, Linking good articles..always boosts your PR!

      Kindly lemme know, if I can help you in anyway..!

      Cheers’
      VJ

  2. Hey Vijay, nice article. Thanks for the info. Well, I see the third bar in the graph has a wrong caption (Nov – Mar 2010)! Rest all looks cool. Congratulations on moving higher on PR. I don’t know how else to make my PR go up… i am standstill @ 2 for a long time now.

    1. Thanks for your comments Mohan. Well, i wanted to say it as Nov 2009 to Mar 2010. Putting a 2009 there did clutter the image., so didnt add it 🙂 I was a little skeptical..and you caught me right there..! he he..!

      Well, the PR primarily depends on how many quality content holders link with you.! Thats the only way.. i see Google rating your content good. Indeed, for a long time I was in PR4 (Nov to March). I wrote a how-To article series (http://msigeek.com/?p=2882) and it got linked in Microsoft TechNet. Also, few of my articles got featured in top Tech blogs like, Windows Club, Winobs, nirmaltv, indezine etc.. Thats a good sign., which i reckon helped me to gain a better rank. Summing up, Linking good articles..always boosts your PR!

      Kindly lemme know, if I can help you in anyway..!

      Cheers’
      VJ

  3. This is a nice explanation of Pagerank and how it works. I am a new visitor to your blog and found it quite good. I have joined your Facebook fan list. Keep up the good work

  4. This is a nice explanation of Pagerank and how it works. I am a new visitor to your blog and found it quite good. I have joined your Facebook fan list. Keep up the good work

  5. Use lots of meta keyword tags. Use it WITH Commas. Make sure you don’t repeat the same word more than 3 times in a row. Google only indexes the first 101K of the document – so don’t use TOO many. N

    Make sure you include at least one link to Google. They need quality traffic as well. Don’t be greedy and hog it all to yourself. This can do wonders for your pages. Remember – Google may be going public soon – so the more traffic you send them the better. NUMBER 3

    Use invisible text but make it close – colors like 00FF33 & 00FF66 are both browser safe, but are so close most humans can’t tell the difference. Even though Google has over 50 Phds on staff – none of them probably know this – so use it – the bottom of the page is a good place – right above what you will learn in number 4. Use your mouse to highlight what is written in the box below to see what I mean.

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