What is PageRank?
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Does Google PageRank (PR) Matter?
Let me first share how proud I am of our "Trunk Locker". Just a couple of days ago, a blogger posted a comment on one of my group in a social networking site, suggesting to check if there were any changes in our PR. Just had the PR2 a couple of months ago, so I wasn't expecting any change at all. But just to satisfy my curiosity, I checked it using SEOmastering.com and...
It showed that our blog is already PR3... Praise Yahweh. Just to make sure (since I really can't believe it, lol), I also checked it in my "Sponsored Reviews" account and it gave the same result. I told my wife (being the "chief" editor) about the good news and she was so happy about it.
What is PageRank?
Based on the definition from Wikipedia, it is a link analysis algorithm, named after Larry Page and 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" its relative importance within the set.
Google said: "PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page's value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "important" weigh more heavily and help to make other pages important".
How Important is PageRank?
Well, it somehow affects where your web page appears in a search result ranking. This means that the higher PR you have, the more probable your page will be in the top of the list. I used "probable" because it is only one of the many factors Google is considering.
Also, there are advertisers who prefer pages or blogs with higher PR than the others. In other words, the higher PR value a blog has, the greater chance it'll be chosen by an advertiser to create a paid review or post for them.
So, What's the Real Score?
I would be a hypocrite if I would say that I wouldn't be affected if our blog's PR would go down or be stripped off (and Google can do that anytime). I consider it as Google's recognition for all the efforts we gave our blog. But, what really keeps me going are these few people who actually read my posts and follow my blog (which, for me, plays an important part in the PR's considerations)... and I can only count them in my fingers. Just a simple, "Hey, I read your latest post in you blog... great share.", already means a lot to me. What's the purpose of our blog or page anyway, if no one actually reads it.
Our sincere gratitude to all readers of Trunk Locker and to all our friends who helped us improve it. May Yahweh continue to bless us with good health and wisdom, that we may provide informative and helpful posts to all. We are always open for corrections, comments and ways to improve our blog. Thank you and may all the praises and glory be unto Him. Yahweh bless.