Google’s PageRank updates

by Martin Reed on 28 April 2007 in Snippets

As you may be aware, Google is currently updating the PageRank it awards to websites it includes in its search database. Google uses PageRank to determine your site’s popularity and credibility. The higher your PageRank, the more authoritative Google considers your site to be.

I use the PageRank checker over at PRchecker to keep an eye on the PageRank for my websites. It is always a good idea to be aware of how your site is seen by the search engines – just remember not to obsess about it!

I am pleased that this blog which I started less than two months ago is already up to a PageRank of 4. Just Chat has remained static with a PageRank of 5. Soap Forum has dropped from a PageRank of 3 down to 2, and my free web hosting site has dropped from a PageRank of 4 to 3.

Overall I am content with the update. Obviously the highlight is this blog reaching a decent PageRank so early in its life. Having Just Chat hold its rank is comforting, although I will be working harder to get this up to a PageRank of six for the next update. The fact my other two sites have dropped is a little disappointing, but as I do not run them for profit it does not overly concern me.

How have your sites down since the update? Are you happy with the results?

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robert April 28, 2007 at 5:55 pm

Sadly I haven’t received as good of an update as i would of liked :( One of my sites only got a PR1, after i spent $100′s on links.

Martin Reed April 28, 2007 at 6:30 pm

That’s a shame, but try not to be too disappointed – as long as you are pleasing your site visitors you will be successful.

Jonathan-C. Phillips May 2, 2007 at 9:03 am

Congrats on the PR4 Martin! :)

Martin Reed May 2, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Thanks Jonathan – it was certainly a welcome surprise. How did your blog do?

Matt May 2, 2007 at 7:03 pm

We also got a PR4 after a short 9 week life. That was pretty exciting. I do wish they gave a little more insight to the decision process so we could continue working on the efforts that help and ditch the ones that don’t.

Martin Reed May 2, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Hey Matt – thanks for the comment. There will always be a mystery around the exact working of the PageRank algorithm – after all, if we all knew exactly how it worked the search results would be full of affiliate and made for AdSense sites.

I took a look around your site and like what you have done. I am pretty sure if you keep on the path you are on at the moment and keep generating great content, your efforts will be further rewarded by the search engines (remember too, that there are search engines other than Google!).